With fall comes the color changes of the leaves and the changes in temperature. Owning a home means that you have the responsibility to clean up the fallen leaves in your yard and to make sure that your home is in good shape for the winter. It is easy to fall behind on your fall yard work and that is why it is important to great a list of written goals for your yard work.
Here is a good list for fall yard clean up goals that apply to most homeowners:
- Clean up the leaves from the yard – This might be as simple as setting aside a weekend afternoon and dusting off your rake. Set the goal to finish your yard in a certain amount of time. If you don’t meet that goal on your first try, don’t give up. Keep working on that goal until your yard is cleaned up.
- Clean the gutters – It is very important to make sure that your gutters are free of leaves and debris before the snow and ice hit. Make sure that you put this on your list to be checked off before it gets too cold and snow starts falling. Taking care of this early will help to prevent ice buildup and damage to your gutters and roof.
- Check for tree limbs which may be in danger of falling with an ice storm. If you have any trees or limbs that threaten property or power lines, take care of them before winter hits. It’s much easier to do this kind of preventative maintenance than to have to lose your power or have limb damage your property. You may need to buy a new chainsaw, or consider hitting your local store that does tool and equipment rental if you don’t feel that you will need often in the future.
- Cover your garden – If you have a garden, save some of your leaves to apply over your garden. This will help to prevent the growth of weeds, but the leaves will also help when you mulch it into the dirt for compost.
Measuring the success of your goal achievement is easy. You will know when you have reached your goals when the project is completed.
If you are a procrastinator, having these goals written down can help a lot. Just make sure that you set aside some time every weekend or even after work on nice days to work on your list and you will have it done in no time.