Autumn used to be a season of raking leaves (and jumping into the leaf piles as a kid) and the smell of burning leaves. While burning leaves is no longer permitted for safety and air pollution reasons I can’t help but think that the season now has the annoying sound of leaf blowers. I have blogged about the leaf blowers ruining the outdoor seating at many locations in Town Center. Couldn’t these machines be required to be made with “silencers.”
I also wonder why Howard County doesn’t have a system of using trucks that have large vacuums that come around to suck up the leaves that are raked to the curb. My hometown of a couple thousand people has this service and it seems more environmentally friendly than all of us putting our leaves in plastic bags for pick up. Of course I have to say that I have been one of those lazy people who think the wind will eventually take care of the leaf problem in my yard and what leaves remain will provide a natural fertilizer for my yard.