Everyone has a favorite season, but for our money, autumn is easily top four. All jokes aside, for all the nice things to look forward to in autumn, there are just as many things to dread. In order to help the autumn season be a little easier to handle, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips for you to utilize.
Remember: Just Because It’s Not Winter Yet Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Catch a Cold
One of the biggest problems people face when moving from summer to autumn is how they dress. People simply are not ready to give up on their summer wear, no matter how cold it may make them as a result. This has the (very obvious) consequence of seeing your health suffer as a result. When it starts to get cold, be sure to start bundling up as necessary. You might not have to throw on a winter coat, but maybe consider wearing a light jacket or a hoodie, just to keep you warm. Just use common sense, keep in mind how cold it is day to day, and you’ll be fine.
Get Equipped to Deal With The Onslaught of Leaves
The most dreadful thing about autumn, and we think just about everyone will agree with us, is those darn leaves. Sure, they look rather lovely, and it definitely puts us in the mood for a hot chocolate (and possibly a dive into the leaf pile), but when it actually comes to getting rid of the leaves, you need the right tools to make it simple and easy. The first tool that comes to mind when it comes to leaves is a rake, and for good reason. The rake may be old as sin, but it’s stayed the standard for a reason: it was effective then, and it is effective now.
When dealing with leaves, one of the best ways to deal with leaves is to get an ego leaf blower to blow them away. Granted, some people prefer a rake, but for efficiency, a solid leaf blower is the best approach to take to your leaf problem. You will almost certainly need a rake though, as while you could get every single leaf with enough time and effort, it is not worth either of them. Instead, you should use the leaf blower to get most of the leaves into one or more piles, and then use your rake to get the stray leaves that the leaf blower missed.
You will also need some way to pick up the leaves and bag them up to be disposed of in some way or another, either by hand or using tools to make the process easier. Of course, it would be sacrilege if you decided to scoop up the leaves before you have taken the opportunity to jump into the pile. You’re never too old to have fun with a pile of leaves! Speaking of leaves, a big problem that people sometimes forget to deal with is cleaning out their gutters. Allowing the leaves to gunk up your gutters has a serious issue with rain being unable to properly flow down your gutters’ downspouts.
Leaves can be unsightly for your lawn, especially if your neighbors are keeping up with it themselves. However, there is merit to letting your leaves stick around. This is because leaves actually have a fertilizing effect that makes your grass and other plants healthier, as well as combat weeds and other plants. Leaves make up a large chunk of landfill waste as well, meaning that bagging and tossing them makes an impact on the climate.
Make Sure Your Property is Safe From The Elements
For a lot of people, especially who live in northern states in the United States, one of the best uses of their autumn is to make sure that the cold weather is not going to mess with their property. Driving can be pretty perilous in the winter, and thus, it’s a good idea to make your vehicle either equipped with snow tires or chains for your tires. You should also take in certain outdoor furniture and other outdoor items that would not do well in cold weather, if at all possible. Obviously, some furniture is too big to do that, so an alternative is to cover the furniture with a tarp to keep it protected from getting water damage from the snow.
Plant Your Spring Bulbs
If you have anything to plant for spring, autumn is the perfect opportunity for that. The idea behind this is that the ideal time to plant them is when the temperature is cool, but also not too late that the ground has already frozen. You should plant the bulbs six weeks before the ground freezes; this is not an exact timeframe, and will vary depending on the weather from year to year, as well as what is typical for your location.