How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~John Burroughs
I love this quote. We can actually learn a lot from nature on how best to live out our life.
This year, though, leaves aren’t full of their usual brilliant color. It is November 4th and so many leaves are still on the trees, some of which haven’t even started to change! “Peak” time for leaf-peeping used to be Columbus Day! What difference does it make, we say? Well – with the most recent Nor’easter, or “Stormtober” as the newscasters coined it, on the East Coast, the heavy wet snow sitting on green leaves was a devastating combination – trees and large limbs are down everywhere, power outages are still going on. Even though my husband is an arborist and maintains our trees meticulously, we lost several giant limbs from our beautiful, majestic silver maple! The crack of those limbs falling on our deck was shocking! This isn’t the natural order of things – the first snowstorm before the first frost, shoveling snow before raking leaves?! Scary and strange……. And we need our big trees!
For greener ways to clean up your yard this fall, click here.