.......ON WHAT ONE CAN DO WITH PINE NEEDLES!
As you may know, we live in California, at 4500' elevation, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, gold country, with the Stanislaus National Forest boundary in our back yard. There are literally thousands of cedar and pine trees on our property (just under 1 acre) ranging from 2" (or less!) to well over 100 feet. We must rake, at least for a June inspection, the forest floor 100 feet minimum from our house and any 'out buildings' like garage, woodshed, and a shed for stuff. My husband is a 'raking fool', raking all year round, loading his pick up truck and "hauling slash" (the piles of needles and oak leaves) down the hill about 15 miles to 'the slash pile'. Yes, I help 2/3 of the time.
We've enjoyed rain and wind for the past two days and finally, thankfully, the winds blew many of the stuck pine needles from way up in the trees and the driveway was covered. I knew Russ was outside raking or sweeping his little heart out. He came in the house after about an hour, all excited said, "I've found something NEW to do with the pine needles. Come and look!"
Now isn't that just priceless? I was watching a movie (Quartet -- excellent) while he was outside being creative.
Have a great Sunday. I'll be back tomorrow. Welcome to March! ~Blythe