Fall brings a lot of good things. Pumpkin Spice lattes, sweaters, apple cider and football, to name a few of our favorites. But for all those autumn-flavored upsides, there’s one thing about fall that’s kind of a bummer: yard work.
Leaves start to pile up like pancakes at IHOP. Your gutters become more congested than an L.A. freeway. The sprinklers need to be shut down (they’re so needy). It’s a lot of work, and it’s more than a little tempting to just ignore your outdoor duties and watch your yard turn into a wildlife refuge.
Don’t do it! Raccoons will invade, and your neighbors will think you’ve gone crazy. Instead, make yard work easier with these tips:
Who says you have to do all your yard work at once? Choose a few tasks, or a small section of your yard, and work on it for an hour on Saturday. Then pick things up again next weekend. Your yard isn’t going anywhere, and this will make the task feel like an easy chore instead of a part-time job.
Your leaves are falling, but that doesn’t mean you need to break out the rake and go all Lady Macbeth on them. Wait a while. The wind will naturally blow your fallen leaves into large piles over the course of the next month or so. When your trees are all totally bare, rake these big piles onto a tarp and then drag it over to your mulch pile, compost bin or garbage area. Note: If you have vinyl siding (which is highly flammable) be sure to always keep ignitable materials like dry leaves and mulch at least 15 feet away from your siding. This is one yard task you shouldn't put off!
If yard work truly is the bane of your existence, have someone else do it for you. It’s a great chore for kids, but if you don’t have any free labor living under your roof, try hiring a professional service. For some people, a few hundred bucks is a small price to pay for a weekend of leisure.