A Naked Tree!! Just days before we were wondering why our neighbors' trees were all but bare, while ours was still full of green, healthy foliage! Then BAM! Just like that we have a 4 inch deep carpet of leaves covering our yard and driveway. Apparently, our neighbors' trees have figured out that if they disrobe a little at a time, their owners can keep up with the raking and the bagging. Our lovely tree decided to give us a hearty fall welcome with a full-blown, leaf-filled ticker tape parade! Which we missed, by the way, because it happened at night! While we were sleeping!! Either our tree isn't a very good event planner or it is an accomplished practical joker. Either way we were shocked at how many leaves the thing had once worn!
Two hours and eight giant, stuffed bags later we had a clean yard again. Actually, when I think about it, the tree kind of did us favor. There are still a lot of trees around town waiting to shed the last of their fall foliage. Everybody else has been raking intermittently for 3 weeks now and many probably have one more big clean up to do before the snow hits. We got ours done in one shot. Maybe this tree ain't so bad after all.
So yeah...the fall colors and changing leaves are beautiful to look at, but not as much fun to clean up. Still - I'd rather rake leaves in the crisp fall air that pull weeds in the hot desert sun any day.