1.) Rake your lawn. Put those leaves to great use in your garden. Either bag up and wait for them to break down naturally, toss them into the garden or place in your compost bin. Picking them up before winter is vital, snow and rain cause leaves to become wet, slimy and moldy. Yuck. Besides, you don't want dead spots on your lawn.
2.) Plant your garlic. It's still not too late.
3.) Purge broken pots, busted nozzles, and boots with rips in them. Don't waste precious garage and shed space on stuff you're never going to use again. And those plastic Little Tikes toys....the ones your teenagers no longer use should be put curbside. Don't worry, I'll swing around later for them in my mini-van. (As a side note, don't you find that men just hate plastic yard toys?).
5.) Sweep the front porch just one more time. Leaves and debris look unsightly. Do it before the grime and dirt gets mixed with snow. With wet boots and shoes, you don't want leaves and dirt being dragged into the foyer or entranceway of your house.
6.) Bring in the plants that can be winterized indoors. Transplant in a pot. Perhaps your rosemary or just one geranium to enjoy during the winter months? Don't forget that many succulents will be fine left outdoors and will come back the following year, yet they also make fantastic house plants! As for the rest of your annuals? It's time to rip them out and dispose of them. I know. Painful. But since they only live one year anyhow...there's no point in leaving the dead remnants. Your neighbors will thank you!
8.) Put away those tomato cages, wind spinners, wind chimes and solar lights until next year. I've learned over the years that putting these types of items away in their original boxes/packaging in the basement or attic is the easiest storage solution.
10.) Don't do the holiday trifecta. That is, you have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor all up simultaneously. The spiders and skeletons come down before the Pilgrims and turkeys go up. And those come down before Rudolph and Santa hit the roof. And yes, I actually saw a home showcasing the trifecta just today on a bike ride with my daughter!
1.) It's lightweight and durable.
2.) The aluminum handle is fantastic.
3.) The bright color makes it easy to find in the yard...even in a pile of multi-colored leaves.
4.) Even if you do own a leaf blower, you'll still love having a rake to get the rest of the remaining leaves. It's great exercise for both your arms and your abs! And what a great excuse to get outdoors with the family.
5.) That 30 inch rake span means I get the job done quicker. (I mean Tom gets the job done quicker).
The One Caveat.....
I wish Corona made another rake identical to this one, just with a shorter handle for those of us who aren't very tall. The 63 inch handle is spot on for Tom, but I don't get to make use of that anti-slip vinyl grip because I can't hold it that high. Just a thought......
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