We were away for a couple of weeks in October and as a result we have been scrambling to get the gardens ready for winter. We’ve had some very cold nights, which makes doing that last minute weeding nearly impossible with the frozen ground. Luckily we had a few sunny days and we were able to get the blueberries fertilized and the straw spread out on the rhubarb, strawberries and raspberry bushes. It is such a good feeling to have finally completed all the fall check list and we are now ready for the snow!
All the gardens are weeded and cleaned up for the winter.
The compost has been emptied into the garden beds where it will further compost this winter. I like to put leaves and grass clippings from the last mowing into the garden beds as well. By the spring it will have all composted down.
Our lawn tractor has been used one last time and the gas tank is empty and the tractor is stowed away for the winter.
The hoses have been stored away and the outdoor water faucet has been turned off.
Our firewood is stacked and covered for the winter. We’re hoping we have two years of firewood cut and stacked,. We’ll see how cold the winter is.
If we had gutters now would be the time to make sure they are cleaned out. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding. My husband recently cleaned out the gutters for an elderly neighbor; I don’t think they had been cleaned in years! There were actually plants growing in the composted matter in the gutters!
The shovels and snow blower are ready to the winter. The ice scrapers have been placed in the car.
Our windows have been cleaned and the screens removed and stored for the winter.
A professional has cleaned our chimney and we are ready for the constant woodstove use.
The outdoor furniture has been cleaned and put away for the season.
With all the fall check list completed we are now ready for the snow to fall. Do you have a fall check list to complete your chores? Are you ready for the colder winter weather?