Shortly after I originally posted this back in 2011, I removed it. Why? Because I had unintentionally succeeded in hurting the feelings of one of my elderly neighbours. Indeed, not only had I rejected his kind offer to blow the leaves off my front lawn, but I had also shared my opinion publicly.
Now, I will just take my chances that he no longer reads Sunflower Girls.
It seems that many of the men on my street feel compelled to blow leaves.
Quite routinely, these men (who probably consider themselves environmentalists) chase Autumn’s colourful calling cards to their final resting place. At the very first opportunity, they start up their machines and adamantly blow the leaves around their yards and driveways, and across and down the street, and ultimately into the forested area to the east, stopping only when the ground is bare of all evidence of fall. Of course, this has to be repeated several times until the trees too are bare.
Sadly, I don’t share the growing enthusiasm for these machines. Yes, they clean up the yard and the driveway and the street, but at what price? These blowers are aggressively noisy and, to some extent, even destructive of whatever is in their path. And the time it takes! And the energy consumed! And the resulting pollution! I cannot bear it!
Yes, I too have a lot of trees that give me lots of leaves and, though I love the idea of raking them, I don’t. I find the activity hard on my elbows. And I find the idea of bagging and leaving them at the curb quite silly. So, I use my electric lawnmower and mulch them into the lawn, to eventually feed the grass, and the roots that produce the trees and the leaves that eventually must fall. Actually, truth be known, I’m also a bit lazy.
Is it a perfect system? No. But it is much quicker and quieter and cleaner than the alternatives I see many choosing.
Oh well, the majority of the trees are bare, so the leaf blowing machines will soon be parked away. And that’s a good thing. All too soon they will need to be replaced by the snow blowers!