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Leaves (and Rodents, Fruit, Lawn, Fire, Air Rifles etc.)


By Wickerman2

2 years ago



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    “Leaves”

    • Hate them 27 votes
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    • Love them 9 votes
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    #51 2 years ago
    Quoted from Erik:

    When they all drop at once is the worst

    I have one Ornamental Pear tree in my back yard that waits until mid January to dump the majority of it's leaves in a one week period.

    #52 2 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    I have one Ornamental Pear tree in my back yard that waits until mid January to dump the majority of it's leaves in a one week period.

    Those are the trees that line our street in the parking area. They are old and some have big limbs that drop at will. I don't have to worry about mine anymore as a tornado (yes tornado) ripped down the street about ten years ago and uprooted and left four of them including mine, laying in the street

    #53 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    They are old and some have big limbs that drop at will.

    I think those are notorious for snapping limbs fairly easily in storms

    #54 2 years ago
    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    I think those are notorious for snapping limbs fairly easily in storms

    I have heard they are diseased, so they are not as strong as they once were, but the city is doing what they can to keep them alive.

    I remember that tornado which is very rare around here. I was several miles away picking up some parts when it crossed my path. I couldn't tell what it was but it made a dirt storm out of an empty field I was heading towards, so I turned around and took an alternate route. When I got home those trees were lying in the street as it went right up it, but missed the houses.

    #55 2 years ago

    My situation. I live abutting a national forest on 14 acres that is heavily wooded. I love the trees. Lots of leaves still to drop. image (resized).jpg

    I bought one of these to pull behind my jd1025r tractor. Makes quick work of them. Not my setup, but just like it.
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    #56 2 years ago
    Quoted from zr11990:

    My neighbor works offshore on a job by job basis. He is home now and will be for the winter. He loves to do yardwork and asked me if he could take care of my yard. I asked how much and he said "for free". The dude mows, edges and blows leaves for nothing. Damn I'm going to hat it when he goes back to work.

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    #57 2 years ago

    Leave the leaves alone or mulch them for a healthier lawn.

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    #58 2 years ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    Leave the leaves alone or mulch them for a healthier lawn.

    Or burn a tractor. I agree!

    #59 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    You can thank the squirrels for that. They aren't happy just chewing on one, they feel the need to drop them all. Mostly before they are ready. I guess I should be thankful they leave me a few. Those bastards weren't around until a few years ago.

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    #60 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    You can thank the squirrels for that. They aren't happy just chewing on one, they feel the need to drop them all. Mostly before they are ready. I guess I should be thankful they leave me a few. Those bastards weren't around until a few years ago.

    Same here. Never had one in my area before, now this guy shows up last month:Squirrl 11 16 (resized).jpgSquirll (resized).JPG

    Saw him one day digging around in my yard trying to bury a pecan. He showed up yesterday on the wall with another one. Thing is there are no pecan trees in my area, so someone is probably feeding him. Little Mo-Fo better keep away from my avocado tree!

    #61 2 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Never had one in my area before

    Are squirrels rare in southern CA? I have 20 of his cousins in my yard.

    #62 2 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    this guy shows up last month

    I guarantee he's not alone.

    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    Are squirrels rare in southern CA?

    I used to see them at the beach climbing around the rocks, but they were never in the inland area I live at now. They must have figured out where all the food and good weather is as they are multiplying faster than you can load a single shot pellet gun.

    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Little Mo-Fo better keep away from my avocado tree!

    GLWT!

    #63 2 years ago

    i love leaf

    #64 2 years ago

    As someone surrounded by squirrels, may I suggest the bird repellant ribbons. I put them in my straw arch garden this spring and haven't lost any tomatoes or squash to birds or squirrels. You can see them hanging from the middle of the arch. I've got them about 6'-7' long, and when the wind blows they cast spots of light everywhere and make a whipping noise.

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    #65 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    faster than you can load a single shot pellet gun.

    GLWT!

    Benjamin marauder ftw. 10 pellet magazine fed bolt action .22cal pellet gun. One charge and 2 magazines and you'll run out of tree rats before you run out of pellets.

    #66 2 years ago
    Quoted from blondetall:

    As someone surrounded by squirrels, may I suggest the bird repellant ribbons.

    The neighbors have a bunch of CDs hanging to protect their persimmon tree, but these squirrels just use them as mirrors to groom themselves.

    #67 2 years ago
    Quoted from Skins:

    Benjamin marauder ftw. 10 pellet magazine fed bolt action .22cal pellet gun. One charge and 2 magazines and you'll run out of tree rats before you run out of pellets.

    That might just work.

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    #68 2 years ago

    That is the best way to handle the tree rats. Little bastards built a huge Motel 6 in the top of one my trees this summer and I am hoping the 50 mph winds we are having right now take it out. As far as leaves - I used to bag them but no longer have any place to take them to. Started mulching but my 30 year old JD push mower gave it up. Third year in a row it has died. One thing pinball has taught me is patience, so instead of kicking and cussing, this year I simply pushed it into the garage, poured a cup of coffee and got on the pc to pick out a new mower. The leaves can stay. I don't give a f#ck, more time to for pinball.

    #69 2 years ago
    Quoted from Silverballer:

    That is the best way to handle the tree rats.

    That's a $600 air rifle. At that price I might just have to start buying avocados at Costco like everybody else.

    #70 2 years ago

    The Sheridan air rifle my dad bought me 40 years ago still works like a charm. Quiet enough not to bother the neighbors and a box of pellets still pretty cheap. I admit I like killing them.

    #71 2 years ago

    Screw the avocados, I may invest in that rifle just because of that stupid chirping noise they make at sun-up while sitting on top of the telephone pole after a night when I really don't want to hear it.

    #72 2 years ago
    Quoted from Silverballer:

    The Sheridan air rifle my dad bought me 40 years

    My neighbor had one of those. We used to have BB gun wars and he broke that thing out and it left huge purple/yellow welts. Later it was confiscated by the police after some windows were broken. Good times.

    #73 2 years ago

    Fun stuff...

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    #74 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    The neighbors have a bunch of CDs hanging to protect their persimmon tree, but these squirrels just use them as mirrors to groom themselves.

    ... vain little f'ers!

    #75 2 years ago
    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    Are squirrels rare in southern CA? I have 20 of his cousins in my yard.

    Not rare, but not seen in my area before. I've seen at least two of them in my neighborhood in the last week. Ive seen small red ones around a park about two miles away but not these larger "Fox Squirrels" that have shown up in my yard. They may be getting scared away from the park due to ongoing freeway construction next to the park.

    #76 2 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Not rare, but not seen in my area before. I've seen at least two of them in my neighborhood in the last week. Ive seen small red ones around a park about two miles away but not these larger "Fox Squirrels" that have shown up in my yard. They may be getting scared away from the park due to ongoing freeway construction next to the park.

    We've got 'em. It does depend a bit where you are, in some neighborhoods you might not see too many. I think this might be due to the types of trees, there are a lot of palms, although not everything is a palm tree. Or maybe, cats. There are a few cats that wander through my yard now and then, and I rarely see a squirrel.

    Those fox squirrels are actually invaders from the east coast. The native is the gray squirrel. They are easy to tell apart, the gray is bigger, gray colored (duh) and has a big bushy tail. You don't see many grays in southern CA but I have seen a lot up north. Apparently the fox squirrels are more adaptable to urban living.

    Here a few somewhat interesting references.

    http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southern-california-squirrel-survey

    http://nautil.us/blog/clash-of-the-tinyone-pushy-squirrel--the-turf-war-for-la

    We also have the California ground squirrels. Those little bastards are the worst. When they got on your property they will absolutely destroy the ground with the burrowing. They are considered pests of the highest order, and you can shoot them at will any time (in areas where shooting is allowed that is, not residential areas). It is not legal to shoot the tree squirrels except during a certain hunting season.

    There will be a quiz next Tuesday.

    #77 2 years ago

    This guy stopped by for Halloween.
    I like the little critters, so I don't hunt on my land. I go for the mean ones across the road!

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    #78 2 years ago
    Quoted from Wickerman2:

    My neighbor had one of those. We used to have BB gun wars and he broke that thing out and it left huge purple/yellow welts. Later it was confiscated by the police after some windows were broken. Good times.

    As kids we had a 3-4 block walk to the nearest wooded area. We'd shove our bb rifles down a pant leg and walk down the street like we had peg legs. Still didn't keep us out of trouble. These days you probably don't want to risk being seen in the city hiding a rifle in your pants.

    And back to leaves....

    #79 2 years ago
    Quoted from presqueisle:

    This guy stopped by for Halloween.
    I like the little critters, so I don't hunt on my land. I go for the mean ones across the road!

    My house is backed up to woods full of squirrels. They are a great early warning system for snakes and anything else they think is a threat.

    #80 2 years ago

    Fourth time on the yard. Now I think mother nature's just mocking me

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    #81 2 years ago
    Quoted from xsvtoys:

    We also have the California ground squirrels. Those little bastards are the worst. When they got on your property they will absolutely destroy the ground with the burrowing.

    They can't be any worse than the gophers I've been dealing with the last two years. They pretty much ruined my back yard (along with the drought). I finally found one thing that took care of them:

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    ... Oh yeah and leaves and stuff ...

    #82 2 years ago

    Ok, quit goofin off and get those leaves raked up.
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