Do You Burn Leaves?

samkarenOctober 21, 2012

DH and I raked up our backyard today and started a bonfire to burn the leaves. I LOVE that smell from them. My family used to do it when I was little. Guess it's one good thing about living out in the country.

Do you burn your leaves?

SamKaren

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azzalea

Definitely not--it's illegal here.

If there aren't too many, I leaf-blow them into one area, and run over them with the muching mower. Or we fire up the chipper and toss them in there. In a pinch, we blow them out to the side street, and the town picks them up, takes them to a location where they're turned into mulch, and you can go and get what you want there, for free.

Used to love the smell of burning leaves when I was a kid, but with the danger of fire, the high concentration of people in this area, as well as the historic Pine Barrens--it's probably best that we don't do that any more.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:26PM
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YogaLady1948

We can not burn them either but we really do not get many~I never would rake them anyway~~I do not do yard work or heavy lifting that is the main reason I got married;)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:31PM
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monica_pa

Nope - Illegal in our town.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:35PM
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mary_c_gw

Hell, no! That's good compost!

Also, being here in Central Texas, we are almost always under a burn ban at this time of year. It's just too dry to allow anyone to burn. A wildfire is just a spark away.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:36PM
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marie_ndcal

Under a burn ban order here in ND and if fact they just lost a small town with fire. Not many people live there, but still lost with no people hurt. I would compost, but since DH and I cannot do much yard work, depends on SIL and he just puts them in the dumpster in bags.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:40PM
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Country Sunflower

Larry mows them over....

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:47PM
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LuAnn_in_PA

No, it is illegal to burn them... plus it would be a waste of good compost material!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:52PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Gosh, I think it such a terrible waste today....I don't even consider it a 'good thing' about country living. But sure have nice memories of that smell wafting through the neighborhood when I was young.

Fall leaves are considered a valuable commodity by many gardeners, to the point of driving around and collecting other people's leaves from the side of the road.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:12PM
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Fun2BHere

Burning is illegal here, too, but I don't have any fallen leaves. All my foliage is evergreen.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:15PM
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OnAHolliday

No, not leaf piles. We do bonfires though. It's more about falling branches and trees around here. We have burning prohibitions also but I admit that I don't pay any attention to them.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:25PM
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morz8

Illegal here too...

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:25PM
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carol_in_california

No, I compost the leaves......better for my garden and better for the environment.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:10AM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

No it is illegal here as well it should be but there's always some jerk that feels the need to break the law. When you live in a highly populated area with elderly on oxygen and so many with asthma it is extremely rude and irresponsible. I call the fire department and pollution control any time I smell, or see it.
Which means I have to close down my house completely and get my inhaler in hand.
I really don't understand why anyone would do things like that in this kind of area. Nothing about my yard and house filling up with smoke from some other person's illegal activity is pleasant.
Please consider those who have breathing conditions around you, imagine it was your child struggling to breathe. Smoke travels a long way and for some it only takes a little.
Two of my nearby neighbors have undergone lung transplants and are elderly. I will sure do what I can to help them breathe easier too.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:36AM
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ShedTheChrysalis

It's illegal here, too. My hubby rakes them up and we recycle them as green waste. I think they make mulch out of them but we have quite a bit of outdoor space and last year we got maybe 20 cans (64 gallon size) full of leaves and grass clippings, so I'd like to learn how to make mulch out of them. Gonna have to research that....

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 1:22AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

No, I am sure that it is illegal here. We can have terrible fires from a burning ember. But I do remember burning them when I was a kid. We lived in a state that did not have the fire dangers that the Southwest does, and the garbage company did not want to pick up leaves, so everyone burned their leaves at the curb. The street was brick, so no harm done. I think the asphalt would melt somewhat from a good fire.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 2:26AM
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lily316

Absolutely not. It's illegal, but I never have before it was. My father used to burn though. I put mine in the compost pile. I have to put some in the street to be vacuumed up because we have so many trees , we can't use them all, but the town takes them to compost.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 2:31AM
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jemdandy

I mulch most of my leaves in place with a lawn mower. The reaminder are raked to curbside where the village vacuum sucker will pick up. They run the pickup for about a month.

My problem: I've got a stubborn maple that won't drop its leaves like an ordinary tree but hangs on to them to almost Thanksgiving. It takes a hard freeze and wind to strip the tree. Some years, I'm out in spitting snow raking leaves. By that time, the village pickup has ended and I'm stuck with the leaves.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:38AM
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gemini40

Illegal here as well . I just mow them over , they make great compost and mulch for the lawn over the winter.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 6:31AM
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juellie1962

I find burning leaves very very rude. Our neighbors did it all day yesterday. It was unusually warm here and I had the windows open; for a short time.

Quite frankly, if I wanted to smell like a camp fire, I'd go camping. It actually started giving me a headache; this went for well over 8 hrs. Hate to sound like a crabby old lady, but it was coming right straight at my house all day. :(

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 6:49AM
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bigack

We mow over leaves till they are tiny pieces, good for the soil.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 8:21AM
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lisa_fla

I miss that smell from when I lived in the northeast. Smells great on a cool fall day!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 8:50AM
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iowagirl2006

I usually just mow them to mulch them.

I used to burn them when I had a fence that collected them in big piles.

I do burn my trash though. I recycle most of it, but there is some that I burn.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 9:11AM
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dedtired

No, also illegal here. I used to love the smell but it is terribly polluting, a health threat and a waste of good humus. There is nothing quite so wonderful as that good black humus that comes from composted leaves. Around here we can put the leaves in big bags and the township will pick them up.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:11AM
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patti43

Can't to it here, either. Don't know if it's illegal or just because of a burn ban, but I sure miss those days when all the neighbors raked the leaves to the curb and burned them. People had to be careful of parking at this time of year or their cars would be without tires LOL!

Wish I could come and smell--I'd even help rake :-) To me, that's as much as a tradition as trick or treating or pumpkin pie.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:06AM
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adellabedella_usa

It isn't illegal to burn here. We don't have big enough trees to have a problem with leaves. Usually they all blow away. I'd probably compost them if I had a problem with them. I do like the smell of burning leaves in the fall.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:33AM
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kayjones

I mow over mine. My neighbor burns his - my grandson, who lives with me, has a breathing disorder, so had to ask him to stop over the weekend - our house was filled with smoke, and DGS was having problems breathing - he stopped.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 1:41PM
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marilyn_c

I don't burn them or rake them. I let them lay where they fall.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:42PM
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cynic

Not allowed here. Usually I mow them a few times and let them break down over the winter. This year it didn't happen for a couple reasons. I'm hoping for some more wind to take care of them "naturally".

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:57PM
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marylmi

I live on a hill & with it being so windy most of the time, the leaves just blow away "like magic"!!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 5:13PM
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bee0hio

Not illegal where we live, but we compost them.
Burning is pollution.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 5:22PM
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schoolhouse_gw

I personally don't, in fact I shredded six bags of them this morning for mulch.In town I don't think people are allowed to burn anymore, but neighbors here in the country do. I love the smell too. It reminds me of Trick or Treat night when I was a kid.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 6:35PM
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workoutlady

Well this year there's no burning. We mulch ours with the lawn mower. We really don't get that many that it can't be taken care of with a lawn mower. But I love the smell. In this area, we tend to burn in the spring and not the fall. In fact the fire department does controlled burns here in the spring. For some reason, I don't love that spell as much in the spring as I do in the fall.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 9:43PM
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