I love the fall. Bright, blustery, nippy…apples, sunflowers, and pumpkins…bonfires, homemade chilli and hot tea…blue sky, warm sun and cool fingers. There is something comforting about mowing for the last time of the year, putting the garden to rest, and aerating and over seeding in preparation for next spring. There is something bittersweet about those end of the season chores. It’s nice to know that yard work is coming to an end, with more time for indoor exploits. It is also great when I can truly relish in the glorious feeling that comes with working outside in the fresh air. It is the juxtaposition of these two feelings, the in-between summer and winter that makes fall so special. Every year I have a similar fall moment…a moment of frustration and elation…raking on a windy day when all your leaves are swirling about your head like a personal tornado, and you just have to laugh at your sweaty, ineffectual self. That is the moment to relish the out of doors before we all head inside for hibernation.
Notes to self on last outdoor projects before winter:
a) Good job in painting the wooden lawn furniture before winter; although a bit sad that it rained within hours of completion and tarps were thrown over the dripping mess of Adirondacks. We painted out the bubbles and the second coat looks great now. Word of Advice: Check the weather forecast and the sky before painting out of doors.
b) Good job on stripping, sanding and power washing the deck in preparation for staining before winter; too bad our stain choice was so terrible that we got to strip, sand and power wash again, and again. Now the deck looks great, in its natural state, and we are just awaiting 48 hours of 50-plus degree weather for oil staining application. Word of advice: Finish outdoor painting by September in Minnesota if you don’t want to worry about the thermometer dipping too low.
c) Don’t forget to aerate and over seed.
d) Empty all gas out of lawn mower at the end of season. (We had to repair both mowers this spring because of old gasoline.)
Ladies and Gentlemen, rev up your snow blowers…