I don’t know this man…

…yet I feel he’s a bit ‘loopy’, as are others who use noisy, gas-powered leaf blowers.  Just look at his face:

Having one heck of a crazy time, isn’t he?

He was rather jerky in his movements, as if he was stalking and attacking the enemy!  When he finally finished with the forty feet or so in front of this building, he moved quickly to the side street and kept going…the noise was incredibly loud!  Here’s what he left after all the effort:

A Street Full of Leaves!

Now, although Chicago’s nickname is “The Windy City”, that refers to politicians (UGH!).  But, as the lake is a mere block to the east, and winds frequently blow in from the east and northeast, these leaves will just end up back where they started from…on his sidewalk!  All that effort for NOTHING!

It would be better to do this, as suggested by compostguide.com:

Using Leaves for Composting

The leaves of one large shade tree can be worth as much as $50 of plant food and humus. Pound for pound, the leaves of most trees contain twice as many minerals as manure. For example, the mineral content of a sugar maple leaf is over five percent, while even common pine needles have 2.5 percent of their weight in calcium, magnesium, nitrogen and phosphorus, plus other trace elements.

Since most trees are deep-rooted, they absorb minerals from deep in the soil and a good portion of these minerals go into the leaves. See the accompanying chart for an analysis of the nutrient elements in fallen leaves.

Actually, these multi-colored gifts from above are most valuable for the large amounts of fibrous organic matter they supply. Their humus-building qualities mean improved structure for all soil types. They aerate heavy clay soils, prevent sandy soils from drying out too fast, soak up rain and check evaporation.

A lawn sweeper is a good machine to use for collecting leaves. Using a sweeper is much faster than hand raking, and a better picking-up job is done. Neighbors will be happy to have you sweep up their leaves—and you will add to your supply of leaves.

Click the link above to read more composting info.

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2 responses to “I don’t know this man…

  1. I could never understand the point of the blower things or that people put them on the street, isn’t just littering in a different way and aren’t all the leaves bad for the drainage. I don’t get it. I don’t think we are allowed to do that. We put the leaves in our gardening recycle bin or on the garden for composting.

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