November. Fall has arrived for real – even in Knoxville. The leaves have finished their show of blazing colors. And now they lay all brown and lifeless all over the backyard.
And in our backyard – it means a little more than in most. You see – we have “a lot” of trees in our little back yard. And when the trees decided to let go of their leaves – they end up laying like a brown blanket. Completely covering our yard about a foot deep.
Leaving this “ultra thick” blanket of leaves on the ground is not an option. Not when you’ve spent as much time and energy trying to get our feeble little amount of grass to grow. If the leaves lay all winter – no grass will return in the spring. So the leaves have to go.
It is far from “quick and easy” – and ‘The Dad’ will take the help of anyone who volunteers – no matter how old (or young) they are…
“Dad? do we have to move ALL of these leaves?”
We have a pretty good leaf blower. And it does a really good job at the “clean-up” work. But to move the big pile – a simple rake works best…
“Whew! This is hard work!”
“Time to work on this side a little bit…”
“Looks like we are starting to make some progress!”
And to get around all of those “child labor laws” – we asked Mike how he wanted to be paid for his extraordinary leaf raking effort. He decided that riding around in the wheel barrow (for an hour or so) would be considered payment in full.
“Weeee! This is worth every bit of that hard work!”