Leaves. LEAVES LEAVES LEAVES!!!
I do love leaves. But every October through the end of November, we rake. We rake and rake and rake and mulch and rake and mow and rake. I used to mind a lot more when i was 20-30 pounds heavier and would get winded going up a flight of stairs. Now I can handle raking a yard-full of leaves several times a week for a month or two. Really. I mean, leaving them on the lawn isn't an option. It'll kill the weeds.. er.. grass that make up the front yard. So I mulch them, I rake them, I put them in the compost pile, I spread them over the raised beds, I stick them in the flower gardens.
But mostly, I rake them, throw them on a tarp, and pull them out into the street for the city to pick up and then mulch for whatever use our city deems fit.
On beautiful days, I really don't mind it, and the kiddo had a blast today. I need to re-develop my raking callouses, but otherwise, I'm READY!
Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the beautiful weather after a week of rain, and enjoy the colors of the leaves...