It's Sneelock here again.
Fall me leaves.
Leaves mean you gotta clean them up otherwise they'd kill thegrass they lay on top of.
so first thing I want to do is get them piled up into a pile.
Now this area right here is covered withlimestone.
There's a reason for that.
All the water that goes down the road runsdown through this channel right here, next to the house.
The eaves trough from the frontrun down into that channel and spread all the way along through hereWhen we bought the house this was a mud mess.
It had washed all the dirt off and had actuallycreated a little river here.
Every time it rained water ran down and throughwhere the blacksmith shop is right now, and washed out the back yardSo I got crushed Limestone.
Crushed Limestone has a couple properties that I like.
One interlocks because its jaggedand rugged little shapes and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle when youstep on it it locks up and get solidthe other thing that it has is dust.
And the dust tends collaborate together in thekind of a layer underneath the bottom becomes almost impervious.
So over the time in three years that we've lived herethis stone and state perfectly stable and flat and it's also created a solidbase for the water to run across and settle inso most of the water is going down into the ground rather than running acrossthe back yard.
A couple of wins.
But the problem with the limestone is if you run a rake across it that youpull all the limestone.
So i bought a I bought aSo to avoid having the limestone all raked up into piles and having to dealwith separating the leaves I bought one of these blowers.
The first one was a Toro.
The controlwent out on that pretty quick so i got this oneinexpensive but it does the jobWith the limestone mostly cleaned up i'm going to start on the yard.
Now blowers are cool they work good but they have one failing.
If the winds blowingagainst youyou're going to spend a lot of time just chasing the leaves.
So i try and go fromthe west side of the yard to the east side of the yard and I don't try andblow it all at once.
one big line with this little blowerI have to put in smaller piles and then move it aroundas you can see i still have a lot of leaves to go so I'm going to just startand get a small patch and work my way through itUsing the blower, (to load the tarp)I tried it.
The leaf rake works better.
The blower has a tendency to get underneath the tarpjust like it does the leaves and I tried staking in the tarp down, putting weight onthe edge and I thought I'm spending as much time trying to keep the tarp down as Iwould just raking the leaves into the tarp.
So I made this the plan.
I pile them up.
I rake the pile onto the tarp.
Then move on to the next pile.
I put my foot down on the front edge of the tarpand it helps keep it from catching on the rake and flipping up.
It still does itbut it helps.
It works better once i get some leaves on the tarp.
Then the tarp is held down and I don't have to spend as much time fiddling with itOver at the old house I bought a lawnmower with a bagger.
There we had 3 acres with a lot of leaves.
Well maybe a little bit moreand just as many trees over there as I do per square area.
And by the end of the year, If I didn't burn themoff, the leaf pile would have been big enough and so over there we just burnthem.
we do have a spot to burn leaves and I've done it in the past but we had somecomplaints from the neighbors about the smoke, and there's an ordinance inrichland township that you can't have a fire in the open unless is covered bya grate.
So by the time I build a fire pit big enough to feed this many leaves in ayear and that pile struck down to about a quarter of what size it was as it'sdecomposingby the time I build a fire pit big enough to handle that in a reasonableamount of time.
I'd have a huge thing back here and I really didn't want tomonkey with itso now we come down to the reason for the MTD.
Hopefully, this is the first timei'm going to try it.
Hopefully with the MTD i'm going to be able to chop all this stuff and blow itup back into the woodsso you get to watch the first trialthis is designed to have a ramp so that you can rake the leaves up into thefloor supposed to suck them up into this duct workingspit them out the shoot.
To get the ramp downthen I reach down here pull up on this pin and bring that around the face the pile.
Start the shredder up and we'll see what happens.