Re: [gardeners] Re: hustling leaves

George Shirley (
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 10:09:45 -0500 (CDT)

At 11:14 PM 10/15/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Liz Albrook wrote:
>> I'm planning on hustling leaves this 
>> fall and have been worried that people would think I'm whacko (don't 
>> say it, George).  Believe it or not, the only reason I didn't go out 
>> leaf hustling last year is that I was intimidated by how I thought 
>> people might react.  Dumb, huh.  But this is Idaho and I had a vision 
>> of folks with rifles and hunting dogs.
>   This is Kansas. Once after wondering for a couple of years what was
>happening to all the leaves, I pulled into one of my best neighborhoods
>and had a vision of two people walking down the street behind a 3/4 ton
>dual wheel pickup towing a big old livestock trailer not yet quite full
>of _my_ leaf bags. 
>  Never had complaint one. I have, however, had people come trotting around
>the house bringing out more of them before I "got away." You eventually do 
>get choosy: if you can't lift it with one hand you might not want it, but I
>suppose that depends on what you're using them for. Wet or tightly-packed
>leaves don't work too well for piling around the hovel - but beer cans,
>plastic toys, wine bottles and broken concrete blocks aren't much fun to
>shred, either. Even if the trusty old W-W _will handle them.
>   BK---
>   "no hands below this line"
A W-W shredder! Gawd, haven't thought about them since I sold my ten-year
old model in 1976. Do they still make the things? I must have shredded 50
tons of leaves, newsprint, dried cow flops, and assorted stuff out of the
kitchen, not to mention 5 acres of tallow and sweet gum saplings. Loved that
old thing.