780 Gallons of Leaves

That’s what we raked up from the yard this afternoon. That’s not a typo, and it’s not a big yard. Indeed, I believe it constitutes a small to average yard in America. And much of it was raked a couple months ago.

Twenty (20) 39-gallon trash bags filled to bursting. That’s approximately 780 gallons of leaves, which is at least 700 too many, I think.

Don’t get me wrong. Charleston is beautiful. The huge live oaks overhanging the yard are beautiful. But I just cannot get my head around this bizarre year-round leaf fall business.

Leaves fall in the Fall. It’s definitional!


  1. C. E. Bollinger

    Captain, sir, it is time to begin adapting to the environment in which you reside. In other words, begin to understand the growth patterns of evergreen broadleaved trees native to Charleston. And why are you throwing away the leaves? Is that required by your landlord?

    For other leaf-disposal options, contact your favorite botanical columnist. 🙂

  2. We don’t really throw them away as such — the campus leaf collectors demand that campus residents put them in bags before they’ll pick them up. (What THEY do with it all I’m not sure.)

    As for my favorite botanical columnist, it would sure be easier if she ever came to Charleston. I could give her an hour in my yard to explain everything I ought to be doing and how to do it. Seriously, these plants make no sense hereabouts.

    Oh, and a small correction: the last raking was really only a few weeks ago.

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