Leaves, leaves and leaves...

Old 09-30-17, 01:59 PM
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Leaves, leaves and leaves...

So after hurricane Irma, a large mature 60 year old olive tree from across the street completely uprooted and fell across the road. The city came and cleared the road, by cutting the tree trunks and pushed the logs and roots into my neighbor across the street, and all the branches into my swale area and driveway. It sat there for days. This is a tree that's over 80' wide and basically blocked my entire driveway.

I then spent $800 to hire a tree company to cut up all the tree branches (some of those are 30' long) into short pieces and stacked them by the street for pickup.

Then three days ago some FEMA trucks came to pick up the logs and branches.

They use a claw thing to pick up the big branches. But now the tree has dropped ALL ITS LEAVES, I have leaves spread over everywhere. I am not talking about a small pile. I spent Thursday evening, Friday evening to rake up the leaves, and this is what I have...and I am not even close to half done.

I estimate once I have it all raked up I will have about a pile about 50' long, 8' wide, and 2' to 3' deep. That's over 30 cubic yards!

What am I supposed to do with this big pile of leaves? The cities don't deal with anything besides branches and logs. It's going to kill all the grass in the swale. It's already turned into a mosquito farm. I can't put them into leave bags, or trash carts, it's just too massive.

Any ideas?
Old 09-30-17, 04:01 PM
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Cities around here have yard waste drop off sites that will take grass clippings, branches and leaves. Perhaps you have something in your area? Burn them?
Old 10-02-17, 10:59 AM
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I would have mulched it all with the mower instead of raking it up. That's what we do every fall when the trees drop their leaves.

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