It is beautiful, especially in the fall, as its leaves change color. But its beauty has a dark side--Leaf Fall. The falling leaves create a time of intense labor for me.
Like cats who shed their winter coats in the spring, the maple drops its leaves in the fall. The maple has no use for them in the winter, when the sun rarely shows.
The colors of the dying leaves are spectacular. But then they fall. In volume.
On the ground, or worse, atop the cat yard wire, they become my problem.
We have leaf pickup three times in the next two months here in town. The date of each pickup spans over a week and you never know when they might come during those days to pick up the leaves. It is messy to start piling them in the street for pickup. By the time they come for them, they will be strewn all over the area, or flattened to a soggy pulp pile by cars running over the long high piles.
But it is the best I can do here. I rake the leaves onto plastic tarps then pull the tarp out to the street and dump the piles along the curb.
I wish I could measure the volume of leaves the maple drops each fall.
But, the cat yard wire catches the leaves too. Want to see? This is a 3 day accumulation. It took me hours 3 days ago to get the leaves off. I was going to do so yesterday again, but the blower fried.
The above photos were taken from inside the cat yard.
On previous cat yards, I attached the wire along two sides to wooden poles. I attached hooks to the eaves and hung the poles from the hooks. I need to redo it that way here. Then you can lower an entire side, to dump off leaves, very easily.
|There's a branch broken off, laid out horizontal, with its branchy end caught in the top of the cherry tree. It will fall when the wind knocks it free of the cherry tree's grip. I just have to be sure to remember its up there and to be wary.|