Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Leaf Blowers

So I’m sitting here at work trying to be productive when I hear the guys with the leaf blowers making their rounds around the office complex. We have a fair amount of hardwood trees on the property, mostly oaks and a maple or two. The workers are blowing all of the leaves out of the parking lot. But they aren’t stopping there. They are also blowing all of the leaves out from under the trees too. And why are they removing the oak leaves from underneath the oak trees? So they can spread pine needles under the oak trees. This doesn’t make any sense to me at all. What’s wrong with having oak leaves under oak trees? We could save a lot of energy and labor expenses if Americans just didn’t require all of their oak leaves to be replaced with pine needles. Go figure.


  1. Michael, it's because the leaves will continue to blow around, thus causing the landscapers to have to return and disturb your work yet again. And the pine straw is attractive ground cover to most people, and natural. It also doesn't blow around or easily wash away in heavy rains like some leaves do.


  2. Maybe it's just me, but pine needles under an oak tree don't look "natural" at all.

  3. Michael, as you spend more time down South you'll find that if it doesn't move, it gets covered with pine straw!