It’s that time of year when leaves are starting to fall off of the trees. That process has been accelerated a bit this year due to recent rain and wind. Leaves tend to hold onto trees better early in the season, but as it gets later in the season it’s easier for wind and rain to knock them off of the trees.
That means raking time is upon us, and leaves can weight quite a bit. Numbers will vary based on size, age, and type of tree, but a large, mature oak tree has about 200,000 leaves on it, and it only takes 360 leaves to make one pound.
Doing the math, that means an average large oak tree will drop 550 pounds of leaves, and if the leaves are wet that number can balloon to over 2,000 pounds!
Tomorrow will be a great day for raking leaves with dry air, sunshine, and light wind. More leaves will be falling Friday with the stronger wind gusting up to 30 mph, and then the wind gets lighter again for Saturday. The only rain chances are just slight and fall on Friday night.
Knowing how heavy it can be, it’s up to you to decide if you should rake what’s on the ground now and then do it again at the end of the season or if you should “weight” for it all to fall. That probably depends on the size and number of trees you have in and near your yard, as well as how much work you want to do at one time.
For the leaves that stay on the trees, they’ll be at peak color through the weekend, though certainly trending brown to the north.
With sunshine and warmer temperatures expected, it might be your only opportunity to see the fall colors at their peak before wind and rain return to the forecast Monday into Tuesday of next week.