Sunday, December 05, 2004

Why do leaves change color in Fall?

Today, I raked the leaves in our yard for the first time this year. We have a good size backyard for this part of the country, and I raked a total of two bags. Not very much.

I know much of the country has raked for months, or is done already, but here in Dallas, we don't have much in the way of Autumn leaves. Our trees have three seasons here. First we have some growing in the spring, then lots of green for much of the year, and finally the trees look fairly dead.

I miss the colors of Autumn on the trees. I sure don't miss raking though. In fact, while my raking skills seemed fine, I have surely forgotten some of the skills it takes to stuff the leaves in the bag. And with the rate of leaf raking required, I doubt I'm going to get any better.


Glenn said...

Use a mulch mower to chop the leaves fine enough to leave on the lawn. The nutrients in the leaves enriches the soil and gives you a healthier lawn. No raking headaches, no bag stuffing, and your lawn looks better than your neighbor's lawn (but not necessarily better than your neighbor).

joy said...

I was just going to ask why we rake leaves? Well, I don't, but why do others? So that sun can get to the grass? I like the mower/mulching idea myself.