As you can imagine, the piles are not high, nor are they exactly neat. And who cares?
The time to get serious about leaves is nearly upon us, however. How will you make your attack?
At Dirt Cottage, the mulching mower will move most of the leaves to garden beds under the octogenarian trees, where they will stay all winter, or to tarps on the driveway, which will be used to drag them to the backyard to expand a new garden bed.
Brown leaves make for excellent mulch, and chopped-up ones – courtesy of the mower – are less likely to blow around.
In Fort Wayne, curbside leaf collection begins Oct. 22 and ends Dec. 22, with two sweeps scheduled through each neighborhood. You can get more specific information at www.cityoffortwayne.org/leaves.
The city asks residents to put leaves in the park-strip area between the sidewalk and street. Not on the street, because they clog up stormwater drains and sewers, and because piles in streets can be dangerous for little warriors.
You can also put the leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags and set the bags at the curb for collection. You need to call 311 or 427-8311, or they’ll just sit there.
Can’t imagine anyone burns leaves in the city, but the fine starts at $50.