And just like that, it is now October.  I am still not quite sure where September went.  We have quite a bit on our schedule for the upcoming weeks.  This month starts out with finishing up our fertilizer with herbicide applications, aeration and overseedings.  Shortly after that, we are preparing to start with the first round of fall cleanups, and then before you know it, we will be doing our final mows in November.  Our cleanups list are about finalized and we are waiting for the cities that offer leaf pickup to release the dates for us.  While we don’t start cleaning up leaves till they start falling in larger numbers, we are targeting October 15th as our expected start date.  At that time, we stop doing regularly scheduled mows and work more on a list schedule.  You may not see us for a few weeks between cuts / cleanups in the near future.   The reason for this is that the grass slows down its growth and we are able to spend more time on lawns getting the leaves cleaned up at each visit. 

Also coming soon will be the snow, maybe.  We have sent out our plowing contracts to current clients and are asking that they all be returned by October 15th.  This allows us time to fill any open time on the routes.  We always give priority on our routes to existing clients before accepting new clients into our snow program.  As usual, once the routes are full, we will not be accepting any new plow accounts.  Our goal is to offer a quality product to our clients and not try to take on as many as possible.  If you have any questions on how it works or would like a quote, please let us know.        The last thing I would like to leave you with is the Farmer’s Almanac prediction for the up-coming year. While it is not always accurate, it is fun to see what they are calling for this year.                     

ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES (ALMOST) EVERYWHERE

This winter, we expect to see above-normal temperatures almost everywhere in the United States, except in the Southwest, where we’re predicting a colder-than-normal season. It’s still going to be wintery, of course, but it won’t be an especially frigid year. Our milder-than-normal forecast is due to the expected arrival of a weak El Niño, which will prevent cold air masses from lingering in the North. Despite a decrease in solar activity, we predict that the other factors that contribute to winter weather will keep temperatures above normal.

MORE RAIN, LESS SNOW

In terms of precipitation, we are predicting above-normal levels for most of the country, except in the Southeast, southern California, the nation’s midsection, and parts of Alaska and Hawaii, where normal or below-normal precipitation amounts are expected instead.

As for snow, we expect to see below-normal levels of snowfall in areas that normally get snow, with the interior West and a small part of the nation’s midsection being the snowier-than-normal exceptions.