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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:19 PM

Burning leaves.

Cannot understand why someone would burn yard debris when there's a regular pick up schedules for yard waste. I don't even think it's legal here, because suburban, Florida homes are built relatively close to each other.

For those who do burn debris, are there some common sense rules you follow to prevent a forest fire?

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:23 PM

1. I still don't understand why people did it here when it was legal (my parents even).

You just put them in a pile and they eventually disappear...

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:26 PM

2. I wait until they've all fallen

 

Then set my mower to mulch for the end of the season. Helps the yard & there's no waste.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:29 PM

3. Grew up burning leaves and with a burning barrel for garbage.

Still have a fondness for the smell of burning leaves and branches in the Fall. Not so much for the stench of trash! lol

As for common sense rules....if they are still burning now... they probably don't have much common sense!

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Response to Scruffy Rumbler (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:37 PM

5. I don't think they have a whole lot of common sense.

Good ole boy connected.

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Response to Scruffy Rumbler (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:37 PM

7. One of

my favorite childhood memories.

Mom would take us out on Halloween and people would be burning big piles of leaves on the curbside. I loved the smell (back in the late 50s - early 60s)

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Response to pipi_k (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:25 PM

9. I remember that too.

I loved that smell.

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Response to pipi_k (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:31 AM

17. it's a wonderful, woodsy smell; very autumny

but it's been banned here for years and years. and in spite of my loving the smell as a child, it usually triggered my asthma issues. even recently i've driven through the smoke from leaves in an unincorporated part of town--loved the smell and started having a problem breathing. ugh.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:34 PM

4. I remember that when I was a kid.

But it's been illegal in cities for many years now.

You can still burn garbage on a farm.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:18 PM

8. In my family...

We lived on the village limit. Taking trash and burning it in the barrel was a chore we boys took on at the ripe old age of... 8. I remember how I had to reach up on tip toes and push the bags over the rim. Lighting the newspaper with matches and hoping to get it in before burning down. Hated dragging trash out in the snow... but the pyro in me was tickled pink!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:20 PM

6. Trying to burn a stump

in my back yard. Area around the stump clear of leafs etc and garden hose on waiting to be used. Wet the area around the stump, keep fire small, no windy days and don't burn near other trees. My back yard is 300 feet long, 60 feet wide and 450 feet around the house to the front curb if I had to dump the leafs out there. Front ones go but back is a back breaker.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:56 PM

10. I burn tree and shrub debris along with firewood. It makes good kindlin'.

 

We have leaf pickup (I don't rake leaves), but they stopped hard waste pickup last spring to save money. I compost what I can, bag what I don't want in the compost bins, and burn the wood - no sense throwing it out. We're a "recycle, re-purpose, reuse" family. Burning is an acceptable option, especially since we have regular "camp" fires out back.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:09 PM

11. You live in a rural area, don't you?

I can see that it's a safe option where the homes are not close to each other.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:59 PM

13. Not really. It's a development and I've got .42 acres - third largest in the neighborhood.

 

I built a fire pit out of stacked bricks (no mortar). It's large enough. It's also an hour mowing job. We own the house outright (no mortgage) and probably will never leave it. But I like fire pits. I've always liked open fires. We've got a vent-less gas fire place in the house but we rarely use it. We go outside for that most of the time.

Ever had a fire in a ring of snow? There's nothing better.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:40 PM

12. And I don't understand why anyone would just throw them out.

Mulch mow the leaves. It'll improve your soil.
Or shred the leaves and use as a mulch in the veggie garden.

As for burning the leaves...

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Response to Shagbark Hickory (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:16 PM

14. When people would bag their leaves and leave them on the curb

My Mom would go collect the bags and use them to mulch her flower beds. I'm talking 50 years ago before many garden centers sold fancy mulch. Most of the people in town kept their flower beds raked clean and spent a lot of time pulling weeds. Mom's flowers almost never needed weeding though she'd have to pull up some oak seedlings every so often. And her flowers and shrubs always needed less water and fertilizer to look great.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:23 PM

15. i dont burn before four pm not on windy days and in my burn barrels

 

One tip is dont burn dog poop or diapers as its gagging. I dont burn many leaves other than when i burn my meadow at the end of the season.

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:01 AM

19. Burn barrels make sense.

This guy looks like he never got over that pyro stage that young kids sometimes go through.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:21 AM

16. From October to May we have to get a permit by phone or online


I have to burn the ankle high leaves because they are a fire hazard around the home in these woods.

I do save a lot for mulch and compost and in the animal pens, but the leaves are so abundant, they are a real hazard once they get crispy dry.

Prevent fires by watching, not burning on windy days, keeping a circle of dirt (no combustibles) around the perimeter of the fire.

I'd rather not burn, but I don't wanna burn up. It takes weeks ( and you have to get a fresh permit every day ) to finish here.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:57 AM

18. It's illegal where I live

And thank goodness because I used to live in a town that allowed it and the stink and smoke was choking and got all inside your house and in your hair and your clothes... it was horrible.


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