• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • James Freyr
  • Greg Martin
  • Dave Burton
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Dan Boone

100+ bags of leaves this fall

 
pollinator
Posts: 340
Location: Colville, WA Zone 5b
79
goat kids books homestead
  • Likes 11
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I know it's a little late past leaf season but I finally got this video up and thought I'd share. I've had some people ask me about how I am strategic about getting tons and tons of bagged leaves so I made a video for it with my strategy and of course best practices/etiquette of leaf banditry... around here I can't get wood chips even if I offer to bribe with cookies and/or cashola, so this is really the only way for me to get lots and lots of good usable mulch (especially since I don't have a truck).

 
gardener
Posts: 1717
Location: Olympia, WA - Zone 8a/b
671
hugelkultur kids forest garden fungi trees books bike homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Good video! Thanks for sharing! I do the same thing but because no one puts them out on the curb here I use a site called Nextdoor. It is a social media site where people have to confirm their address. I post a request for leaves on there that goes out to people in my general area. It works great - last year I got around 100 bags and this year I'm at 200 to 300 bags. I had to pick most of them up but some were even delivered :)
 
garden master
Posts: 867
Location: Zone 7b/8a Temperate Humid Subtropical, Eastern NC, US
236
forest garden fish fungi trees foraging earthworks food preservation cooking bee woodworking homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Great tips! I thought the etiquette part was helpful too, it's nice for everyone when it's a win win situation and people are thoughtful and respectful of each other's properties. I just got a trailer load full of leaves this past weekend and am looking forward to having some great mulch for my perenials! Enjoyed the video!
 
Posts: 22
1
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Cool!  I’m at 215 bags this year.  Trash morning curb action.
 
gardener
Posts: 1286
Location: mountains of Tennessee
392
cattle chicken bee homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have the opposite problem. No need for bags. Used enormous leaf piles instead. Spent a solid two weeks raking & leaf blowing & still want to get a few more before winter hits hard. Lots of soil to build. Leaves are an excellent start. Stay calm & compost on.
 
pollinator
Posts: 300
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
78
urban books building solar rocket stoves ungarbage
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I do this too! In addition to the weekend timing for good “harvesting” it’s good to know a town’s yard waste collection schedule, since many folks rush to make the deadline. The city next door where I go for leaves has pickups every two weeks, so even some weekends are better than others... and some people don’t want the paper leaf bags getting wet and messy between collecting days.

In our town, folks bring leaves to the transfer station. It’s a big job. Six years ago, i got a commercial leaf vacuum and duming trailer that I setup for leaf collection each fall. (After an injury cleaning up our leaves) Each of the 8 houses in our tiny neighborhood has 6-10 cubic yards of shredded leaves! The neighbors each make a pile for me to come collect, and are grateful to not make 15 trips to the transfer station in their cars!

I have also collected some leaves for $$$, not many since I don’t have much time for it. It’s the same deal where they do the raking into a pile, and I come get it. Just this removal can be decent money, and around here, folks pay WAY more for a landscaper to do a fall cleanup!
 
gardener
Posts: 6066
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
929
hugelkultur dog forest garden duck fish fungi hunting books chicken writing homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm more in the situation that Mike Barkley is in. I have acres of leaf fall, some I deal with, lots just stays where it falls, especially on my south slope down the mountain, there are some items I grow that depend on those leaves being there.
 
Bethany Dutch
pollinator
Posts: 340
Location: Colville, WA Zone 5b
79
goat kids books homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Bryant RedHawk wrote:I'm more in the situation that Mike Barkley is in. I have acres of leaf fall, some I deal with, lots just stays where it falls, especially on my south slope down the mountain, there are some items I grow that depend on those leaves being there.



Yeah that's the sort of situation where it would almost warrant some kind of creative setup to collect (and maybe even shred) the leaves en masse so you can put them where you want them. I don't have that issue since no deciduous trees, but I may be moving to MO eventually and if I do, I'll be trading my fir and pine for deciduous and will probably have the same (happy) problem.
 
Mike Barkley
gardener
Posts: 1286
Location: mountains of Tennessee
392
cattle chicken bee homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Shredded = mowed. That's exactly the plan for other leaves that fell since raking. In the yard only. After the rains quit. All the others will remain where they fall. I wish someone would have been doing this for the past 100 years here. The soil would be much better now. We have a heavily wooded giant bowl shaped hole in a zone 5 area. The thick layer of almost-soil down inside there is wonderful. Many logs & large branches in all stages of decomposition too. I will remove & use a small percentage of that to help jump start the rest.

It IS a nice problem to have.
 
pollinator
Posts: 309
Location: Quebec, Canada
34
hugelkultur forest garden trees urban
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We live in a small village where everyone has to bring their bagged leaves to the local fire department backyard.  We are able to quickly gather about 300 bags of leaves this way.  It took three trips of about 100 bags in our trailer.


Collecting bagged leaves this way is easy.
 
Posts: 7
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would suggest finding-out if the trees had been treated with a Bayer product (neo-insecticide), before getting the leaves, if at all possible.
 
bacon. tiny ad:
I'm going to build a sauna trailer and document the entire process in video and ebook form!
https://permies.com/t/121209/build-sauna-trailer-document-entire
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!