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    Freakin' Leaves

    Took advantage of 70 degree weather in Michigan today. Normal fall day, winding, leaves on the road: mostly pretty normal. That was till I rounded a curve, several inches of leaves on the road. Some fool was mowing his yard and blowing the leaves across the the road. There he was in the other lane thankfully blowing the leaves. Must of been 4 inches of leaves he was blowing to the other side.

    Was a great day, little winding but sunny and nice. Must of been every bike in the area enjoying the last warm day. Lots of groups out, only one lone Beemer I saw.
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    We have a few neighbours that get rid of their leaves by raking or blowing them onto the street. I curse them every time I ride past their houses on wet days.
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    Solution to this (neighbor blowing leaves into the street) is the same as for a neighbor's dog dumping in your yard ... after dark, go empty all your bags of leaves into the middle of his yard. Might take more than once for the jerk to get the message.
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    Last summer while driving my truck with the window down, I got hit in the side of the head with a rock which was thrown by an idiot's lawn mower while he was blowing his grass out into the street...
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    Here in Mass. they water the road all summer, blow leaves in road all fall, then throw snow in road all winter. Seems to be the same folks doing it all year.
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    Sometimes you really want to slap the stupid out of them, but as my Dad once said - " Son, you just can't fix stupid so you're going to have to learn to get used to it, some people are just like that".
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkjohn View Post
    Here in Mass. they water the road all summer, blow leaves in road all fall, then throw snow in road all winter. Seems to be the same folks doing it all year.
    Wow! I thought it was just around me. This didn't seem to happen in the past. My theory is the "new" to home ownership grew up in an environment where the parents did everything for them-(they never had to mow the lawn). This has led to the "new" homeowners trying to do property maintenance without the guidance of their father or grandfather to tell them "not to blow that crap in the road".
    This coupled with the diminishing lack of civility............ OM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    We have a few neighbours that get rid of their leaves by raking or blowing them onto the street. I curse them every time I ride past their houses on wet days.
    In my town, we rake the leaves to the curb and the borough vacuums them every couple of days. You have to be careful when driving, but it helps people get rid of the leaves without burning or sending them to the landfill.

    The vac truck sucks them up and takes them to our yard waste fill area. It seems to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    In my town, we rake the leaves to the curb and the borough vacuums them every couple of days. .
    Wish we had that in our town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Wish we had that in our town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    Around here you get a 120.oo $ ticket if you are caught blowing leaves onto the road. My city wants you to bag em and place them curbside then they pick them up once a week untill the snow flys.They are very seriuos about this hazard.
    Bag them and send them to the landfill? That doesn't make sense.

    The leaves will decompose many years before the bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Bag them and send them to the landfill? That doesn't make sense.

    The leaves will decompose many years before the bags.

    As I recall, the city I worked for did collect yard waste seperately for some time. They took it to the regional wastewater plant, mixed it with processed sludge ,composted it awhile in huge piles turned a lot , then SOLD it to regional nurseries and home centers. Dillo Dirt is still available, they are still at it I suppose.

    I move the leaves from point A,B,C to point D with a blower, a truck,Mule , or wheelbarrow maybe once a year....about now it seems. I maintain maybe 3/4 acre of our 6 acre space and we have a lot of big trees. I compost it or on occasion still burn them...harder with the long lasting burn ban we had. I prefer nature to take care of it, but some years it is crazy thick with leaves and the piles get huge.

    As far as riding in them...once you let your senses relax and realize they are not rocks or small animals...Roll on! Just spent a week and a half in the National Forests of NW Arkansas...leaves were plentiful and moving. Grass can be bad depending on what it is sitting on...have had bicycle incidents due to that.

    I also don't get the non common sense folks exhibit when you walk,ride,drive near anyone using a mower and looking right at you. Dude(tte), stop for a minute would you?

    I have knocked a windowpane from it's viewable state more than once with my mowers and weedeaters since I live on a rockpile as well as being pelted in and on vehicles...it's kinda scary passing that mower when you see all the junk flying out of the discharge...especially when that is a gang of highway mowers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Bag them and send them to the landfill? That doesn't make sense.

    The leaves will decompose many years before the bags.
    Towns that let you send leaves to the land fill usually require you to buy large paper bags that decompose fast.
    In our town the city has a large lot where you can drop off your leaves and if you have them in plastic bags, you must empty the leaves out and take the plastic bags home.
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    I guess I'm in the minority here but despite living in snow and falling leaf territory for much of life, I don't get very excited about that stuff in the road. It can be seen or avoided if paying attention and has never risen to a serious hazard level for me. I used to get much more annoyed about the municipal plow guys leaving a 4 ft snow berm across the end of my driveway right after it got cleared- so it had to be removed again before cars could get out. Nothing like moving a ton or two of slushy snow for fun...I "fixed" that when I added a 4WD with bash plate to the fleet and just drove through it or over it, if it froze in place.

    We always got rid of leaves by burning when I was kid (kids job to do the yard, of course). And we had plenty- enough to put a 18-24" layer over the whole property. We'd push them into the big dry creek bed in the back and end up with a pile the whole width of the property and filling the creek bed right to the top- maybe 8 ft deep and 25 ft wide. The fun came when we poured something from 1/2 to a full gallon of gasoline sprinkled down into the leaves and gave it time to vaporize, then laid a gas trail so we could ignite from a safe distance. (Think of molotov cocktail leaf disposal). Done right, one got a spectacular leaf explosion of a whole creek full of flaming leaves jumping several feet upward and with a very satisfying thump of ignition. These days, folks would think terrorists were making explosive devices. We also learned to use vaporized gasoline to mortar the muskrats out of banks to prevent floodwater from washing the bank downstream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    I guess I'm in the minority here but despite living in snow and falling leaf territory for much of life, I don't get very excited about that stuff in the road. It can be seen or avoided if paying attention and has never risen to a serious hazard level for me. I used to get much more annoyed about the municipal plow guys leaving a 4 ft snow berm across the end of my driveway right after it got cleared- so it had to be removed again before cars could get out. Nothing like moving a ton or two of slushy snow for fun...I "fixed" that when I added a 4WD with bash plate to the fleet and just drove through it or over it, if it froze in place.

    We always got rid of leaves by burning when I was kid (kids job to do the yard, of course). And we had plenty- enough to put a 18-24" layer over the whole property. We'd push them into the big dry creek bed in the back and end up with a pile the whole width of the property and filling the creek bed right to the top- maybe 8 ft deep and 25 ft wide. The fun came when we poured something from 1/2 to a full gallon of gasoline sprinkled down into the leaves and gave it time to vaporize, then laid a gas trail so we could ignite from a safe distance. (Think of molotov cocktail leaf disposal). Done right, one got a spectacular leaf explosion of a whole creek full of flaming leaves jumping several feet upward and with a very satisfying thump of ignition. These days, folks would think terrorists were making explosive devices. We also learned to use vaporized gasoline to mortar the muskrats out of banks to prevent floodwater from washing the bank downstream...
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