By the end of this past long weekend there were far more leaves on the ground than on the branches of this ash tree in a back corner of the Manse property.
Raking leaves at the Manse in the olden days – 1970, to be exact. This is the front lawn, which in those days would be covered in fall by the leaves from the huge maple tree that used to be there. You can see my dad’s truck set to cart the leaves away; in the background is the home of Will and Isabella Holmes, a building no longer extant. Thanks to my nascent reportorial skills when I took this photo at age 10, I have a list of those in it, left to right: Dad (The Rev. Wendell Sedgwick, not wearing his Sunday best); my brother John; Darren, Danny and Sheila Baumhour, three of the many children in that neighbouring family; and my sister, Melanie (in the back of the truck).
While my last post sang the praises of the beauty of the autumn foliage in the Queensborough area over this past Thanksgiving weekend, the wind and rain over the weekend meant that by Monday a lot of the leaves had fallen to the ground. Those from the trees in and adjacent to the Manse’s yard were no exception. It wasn’t just leaves that fell, though; in one corner of the back yard we also have quite the blanket of needles from two large evergreen trees next door.
You’d never know there was green grass under this newly arrived blanket of fallen evergreen needles, but there is. Should the lawn be raked clean? (Note handsome new clothesline setup, by the way!)
So I need some advice from those of you more knowledgeable than I (which would be pretty much everybody) on the current thinking on best practices with fallen leaves and needles.