11October 25, 2018

I would guess that everyone has had a killing frost in his or her yard by this time of the year. The plants may have stopped growing but there are still things to do in the yard and gardens.

All spring and summer, you have been using different types of sprays to control insects, weeds and fungus diseases. These liquid sprays should not be left outside in the shed or an unheated garage. If these products freeze, it can alter how well they will work next year. It many cases, once the product freezes and then thaws out, the product won’t work at all. Please take some time this weekend to gather up all those liquid products and get them into an area where they will not freeze this winter. By the way, if you have any product in aerosol containers, please bring then into an area where they will not freeze.

Leaf raking season is upon us and it is a chore that most people will begrudgingly perform. Let me give you a few suggestions on things you can buy to make the chore easier.

For years, we have sold those paper leaf bags in the store. One of the biggest problems is that they don’t always stand up straight while you try to fill the bags. There is a product that we sell that holds the paper bag in an upright position. Once the bag is full, you can remove the full bag and add a new bag.

The chore of picking up the leaves can soak a pair of gloves if we have had any rain before you get the leaves cleaned up. There is a glove company called Mud Gloves that makes a coated glove that keeps your hands dry. The gloves come in all sizes from extra small to extra large. We do carry these in the store.

Getting those leaves out from under the shrubs can be a problem with a full size rake. There is a 10-inch wide bamboo rake that is perfect for this chore. There is also an adjustable metal rake. The rake adjusts from about 8 inches to 20 inches. Using either of these rakes will speed up the whole process of cleaning up those leaves.

Most people don’t like to throw away money. If you throw away those leaves, you are potentially throwing away money. Leaves can be composted and they will eventually turn into compost that you can use in your garden. If you have a corner of your yard that you can turn into a compost pile, you should be doing so. You can just pile up the leaves and let them rot or you can take a roll of fencing and make an enclosure. You will add a 6-inch layer of leaves and then add a compost activator. Sprinkle the recommend amount of activator on top of the leaves and add a bit of lime on top of the leaves. Continue to build 6-inch layers and adding the activator and the lime on top of each 6-inch layer. Many people will use a spading fork to turn the pile to speed up the composting process but if you don’t want to do this, the pile will decompose over time without you having to turn the pile. Once the leaves have decomposed, you can use the compost in your gardens.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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