10 Things to do to Prepare for Fall 2019

Fall Chores

10 Chores and Activities for the Fall to get ready for Winter

As fall approaches, there is a lot of chores we really HAVE to do for the upcoming winter, some we too often forget, and others that are just pure enjoyment. Wherever your cabin or cottage is, it is important to make a list for what needs to be done during this time each year, but also not forget that this is also a great time for some “rustic living” hobbies.


Late Fall, when the leaves have left the trees, is when you should be taking the compost that you have been creating over the past year and spread over your garden, wild flower areas, etc., and also the time to start next year’s compost by gathering up the old leaves to add to your other compost material.

Redmon Green Culture 65-Gallon Compost Bin

  • high impact plastic with UV protectant
  • Imported
  • Rugged, weather-resistant plastic resin
  • 65 gallons = 8.6 cubic feet
  • Convenient lift-off lid for easy access
  • Ventilation holes for proper composting
  • 4 door access

Compost Bin by GEOBIN

  • Large capacity—expandable to 4 feet (216 gallon)
  • Easy to assemble with closure keys. Easy to move. Easy to reassemble.
  • Made from 50% recycled plastic content.
  • The best value composting bin on the market.
  • Excellent ventilation.

Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting

If you’re ready to throw out the rule book and return as much as you can to the soil, Compost Everything is the book for you. It’s time to quit fighting Mother Nature and start working with her to recycle organic matter and create lush and beautiful gardens with some of the most extreme composting techniques known to Man!





Fall Care of the Lawn

This means applying a fall fertilizer (check your region for times and best types of applications such as crabgrass control, etc.), and aeration.

Lawn Aerator Spike Shoes – For Effectively Aerating Lawn Soil – Comes with 3 Adjustable Straps with Metallic Buckles – Universal Size that Fits all – For a Greener and Healthier Garden or Yard.

PROFESSIONAL GRADE AERATION – Abcosport Lawn Aerator Shoes make it extremely easy to achieve the necessary aeration of soil yourselves for a way greener, healthier and more beautiful lawn. It’s not a rocket science – simply wear our lawn aerator shoes and walk around to cover the entire length of your garden. Even better is wear them while mowing your lawn so that you accomplish two important tasks simultaneously.
INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE – The lawn aerator shoes offer a superior alternative over the professional services which might cost you fortunes to maintain a good lawn. However, these shoes are a one time investment that’s going to help you with several hundred cycles of aeration, and if maintained well even for a lifetime.

Clean out the Gutters and Patio

Ezy Flo Deluxe High Reach Gutter/Window/Patio Cleaning Kit

  • Telescopes from 6 to 15.1 feet
  • Combined with body Height, the wand can reach up to 22 feet, sufficient for reaching gutters of most homes
  • High pressure nozzle blasts away leaves and debris, adjustable metal valve lets you control the water flow
  • The radial water flow brush attaches to either the removable curved arm or to the straight pole for cleaning inside or outside of the gutter
  • Includes blue medium soft brush is for use on windows, siding or Vehicles, and Grey medium stiff brush for use on decks and patios

Fix Leaks in Insulation

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~1022℉ (-50℃~550℃), Yellow and Black

  • Versatile Design: Infrared Technology makes this thermometer handy to use when cooking and barbequing, performing auto maintenance, doing home repairs, and a host of other tasks; Measure all the from -58℉~1022℉/ -50℃~550℃
  • Better accuracy: the distance to spot ratio is 12: 1, meaning the Laser grip 1080 can accurately measure targets at greater distances compared to most other ir thermometers
  • Target quicker: a built in laser gives you the precision to hone in on the Exact space you want to measure. Don’t blindly guess where you’re pointing your infrared thermometer
  • Added function: the LCD screen is backlit, also has an auto-off function to extend the battery life, and features a low battery indicator so you never accidentally run out of juice (battery included)
  • Note: temperature readings from this devices are inanimate objects. The measured temperature for humans or animals will not be correct

GREAT STUFF Gaps & Cracks 20 oz Insulating Foam Sealant

  • A quick, simple way to create an airtight, water resistant seal
  • Fills, seals, and insulates gaps up to 1 inch, lowering your energy bills by keeping your heat or air conditioning on the INSIDE!
  • Cures rigid and can be trimmed, sanded, stained, and painted
  • Exceptional adhesion to building materials on both interior & exterior of your home
  • Easy to use straw applicator, foam expands to take the shape of cracks & voids


Clean the Chimney

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, inspect the chimney. You might need to get it cleaned professionally, but if not, you can use a product like Creosote Destroyer. You sprinkle some on as directed to fires and it works over time.  Good to stock up now for the winter.

MEECO’S RED DEVIL 25 2-Pound Creosote Destroyer

  • Convenient 2 lb. tub
  • Controls creosote buildup
  • Destroys existing creosote formations
  • Regular use makes chimney cleaning easier
  • Made in the USA



Prune Trees and Bushes

How to Prune Fruit Trees, Twentieth Edition

While the act of pruning is simple enough, knowing where and when to prune can confound even experienced gardeners. For more than half a century, Robert Sanford Martin’s How to Prune Fruit Trees has been the go-to guide for pruners of all levels of expertise. As one reviewer noted, “This book simplifies what other books complicate. It has a small amount of text paired with line drawings that help break pruning tasks down into something you can easily understand.” Martin has judiciously pruned his words to make his advice as clear and simple as possible. His guidance in the art of cutting back and thinning out has been responsible for the preservation of countless healthy trees and orchards. Maximize your fruit production-whether you are growing apples, almonds, plums, pomegranates, or any of over 40 varieties of fruit trees discussed in this book-by making the right cut every time.

Fiskars Power-Lever Extendable Pole Saw & Pruner (7–14 Feet)

  • Easily cut high branches with a sturdy tree trimming system that extends 14 feet and features Power-Lever® technology for up to 2X more power
  • Includes a precision-ground steel pruner for cutting branches up to 1-1/8 inch thick and a 15 inch WoodZig saw for removing larger branches
  • Oval-shaped fiberglass poles greatly reduce flex, allow you to control the cut direction and fit the natural shape of your hand
  • Secure double locking system ensures the extended pole stays put
  • Full lifetime warranty

Agile-Shop Garden Fruit Tree Professional Prune Shear Snip Grafting Cutting Tool w/ 2 Extra Blades – Tree Grafting Kit

  • Different from traditional grafting tool, Easy to use – the grafting process will save you a lot of time
  • Replaceable grafting blade, Comes with 2 blades, each blade with two cutter points.
  • Easy for you to prune useless tree branch into U shape, V shape and omega shape
  • Grafting wood 5 mm to 14mm (~3/16-1/2″) in diameter
  • It will work on many kind of plants, especially on fruit trees.

Clean Your Garden Tools

It only takes a few minutes, but many of us forget to properly clean our garden tools before putting them away for the winter!

Gardena 2366-U Garden Tool Cleaning Spray, 7-Ounce

  • Improves gliding qualities and reduces blade wear.
  • The Cleaning Spray loosens dirt and prevents rust on metal parts.
  • Blades cut more efficiently and extends the life of the blades.
  • Cleaning Spray is Biodegradable


Canning and Preserving

If you had a garden, now is the time to preserve what you have grown. This means canning, preserving, and pickling. There is a lot more to it than you might think, and it is becoming a very trendy practice in the food world, especially with pickling.

Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide

The art of canning and preserving food is an invaluable home cooking skill, often passed down from one generation to the next. For those who never had the chance to learn how to can in their grandmother’s kitchen, it’s never too late to start.

The Joy of Pickling, 3rd Edition: 300 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market

Putting up pickles is a time-honored technique for stretching the harvest and getting the most out of fresh produce. But pickling isn’t just about preserving – it’s a way of creating mouthwatering condiments and side dishes that add interest and variety to the table. Making these salty, sour, sweet, and tangy tidbits isn’t hard – as long as you have this comprehensive volume to guide you. This new edition includes 50 new recipes, techniques for preventing yeast and mold growths on fermented pickles, as well as information on the science of pickling.

Among the tempting treats you’ll find inside: Lower East Side Full-Sour Dills, Cabbage and Radish Kimchi, Pickled Whole Watermelons, Quick Pickled Baby Corn, Cranberry Ketchup, Pickled Whole Cabbages, and much, much more.

Organize Those Closets

It is time to get out the winter clothes and to put away the summer clothes, but also the perfect time to finally get your closets organized.

SimpleHouseware 5 Shelves Hanging Closet Organizer, Bronze

  • Dimension: 11” W x 10” D X 45” H
  • Hangs on standard closet rod, wired closet rack
  • 5 Fabric Bronze Shelves, dimension of each bin is 11” W x 10”D x 9”H
  • 6 Side Mesh Pockets, each side of this organizer has 3 mesh pockets
  • 2 Hooks hanging system works in closet rod or wired closet rack



Plant Garden Bulbs

Garden Weasel Bulb Planter

  • T-Bar grip and pointed blade allow for maximum penetration.
  • Cores pop out with ease.
  • Sharp blade and pointed tip.
  • Extra wide non-slip foot plate.
  • Durable construction materials – allowing you to work faster with less effort.




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