2020 Leaf Campaign Update – Week #1

Photo above taken Sunday, Nov. 1st. – 85% of the leaves are still on the oak trees

I thought I’d send out a weekly update every Sunday on the status of my 2020 Leaf Removal Campaign.

I usually drag 60 tarpfulls of leaves from our backyard to the front curb every season. The campaign usually starts the last week of October and ends the first week of December, when the oak trees finally give up their last remaining leaves.

Some leaves fell early this year, so I got a jump on the season, beginning on Friday, October 16. Using my Husqvarna 350BT backpack leafblower and my sturdy metal rake, I corralled 3 tarpfulls of leaves and dragged them to the curb. On Friday, October 23, I was able to collect and haul another 3 tarpfulls. The town highway department picked up that leaf pile a few days later.

I anticipated gathering up another 3 tarpfulls today, but after watching our livestream church service this morning, I saw it was sprinkling slightly outside with heavy rain forecasted for the afternoon. Too bad. Leaves don’t wait. I fired up the Husqvarna, gathered up the leaves, and hauled 3 tarpfulls to the curb. The rain was very slight and didn’t slow me down.

Total number of tarpfulls to date = 9
Percentage of tarpfulls completed to date = 15%

After I finished working on the leaves today, the weather worsened dramatically as forecasted with heavy rain and some wind, resulting in many leaves coming down. I anticipate hauling at least three more tarpfulls tomorrow.

With approximately 51 tarpfulls remaining, I need to average 10.2 tarpfulls per week for the next 5 weeks.

Tarpfulls 7-9 resting on the curb

30 thoughts on “2020 Leaf Campaign Update – Week #1

    1. Thanks, Mandy! Yup, any progress is good. The leaves will start to come down heavy very soon. These light, early weeks are also good in that they gradually get me in shape for what’s coming.

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  1. Too bad you’re not in Illinois-God is our “leaf blower” today! We only have 5 very tall pine trees-our problem is CORN HUSKS! When we go outside today we have to be careful we don’t get “whipped” with them!!!

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      1. Thanks, Beth! I used to drag very full and heavy tarpfulls from the backyard to the front. It was very taxing physically. I’m too old for that. I’m going to make sure the loads are lighter even though I’ll have to make more trips.

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    1. When we get a good wind, it blows the leaves in the leaf piles on the curb all over.And then there’s the neighbors who don’t bother to remove their leaves and they blow in everyone else’s yards all winter long.
      Be careful of the blowing corn husks! Sounds painful.

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    1. Thanks brother! The wind is blowing like CRAZY this morning. I turned on the floodlights and I see MANY leaves have come down. We also got a little snow – our first of the six-month snow season. I suspect I’ll be able to haul at least six tarps to the curb today if the wind dies down.


      1. Man, I was busy today! Five tarps to the curb from the back yard and cleaned up the front yard. Couch duty for the rest of the night and I will get caught up on WordPress.

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      2. Thanks! The thought of couch duty provided the fuel for corralling and dragging those 5 tarps (the cheeseburger with meat hot sauce and onions that I bought at a burger joint for lunch helped, too!).

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! Yup it’s a loooooong campaign. Because of the harsh weather conditions Sunday night, many leaves released and I had a good day yesterday hauling 5 tarps to the curb.


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