Re: [gardeners] new mountain

George Shirley (
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 17:32:18 -0800

You are so lucky. I have to scout for leaves and grass clippings and
have to be extra careful because so many folks around here use multiple
pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other cides besides. :-)

Went to the city the other day asking about the chipped wood from the
January 1997 ice storm, referred to hereabouts as "THE GREAT ICE STORM
OF '97". Lots of it still there and the guy who runs the place where
it's stored promised me he would use the front end loader to load my
friends pickemup truck. Since friend wants a couple of loads too it may
be easier than I thought. Wish I had a way to get it in the back yard
but believe neighbor behind me would complain if I drive across his golf
putting green.

Sounds like you got some good stuff Margaret. If you want horse puckey
bring a dump truck and we'll go out to the race horse stables and get
you a load. Course the gas money back to Idaho might be a little steep.

George, still watching a gentle rain fall

Margaret Lauterbach wrote:
> I have a new mountain of leaves, most of them shredded, in my garden area.
> The mound will undoubtedly settle, but for now it's about my height, 5'5"
> tall.  The fellows who mow lawns next door and across the street telephoned
> to see if I wanted leaves and I said "yes."  The smartest thing I think I
> ever did was have a huge gate installed in our back fence so trucks could
> drive in.  These guys bring grass clippings in summer when I'm ready for
> them (dumping them here saves them at least an hour of driving to and from
> the landfill, so they're delighted to bring them here).  They really
> compacted those leaves in their high-sided pickup, and the leaves puffed up
> after being released to a mound bigger than the truck.  Great stuff!  Now
> if only I could get someone with horse pucky and bedding to bring it here...
> I talked with the power line tree trimmers a few days ago.  It really would
> be closer for them to dump chips at my place than where they do go, but at
> the time I talked to them, they were trimming elms.  The fellow said elm
> and willow chips will start rooting if you use them in pathways.  I think
> he's right.  I've got to catch them when they're in a long line of maples.
> BTW, they've been trained by our urban foresters to trim trees in a V
> shape, power lines in the middle.  No topped trees.  ;-))))  Margaret