Now that October has finally arrived, we are looking forward to the cooler temperatures we normally receive in September. This year was far from a normal one as I look back. With the rain we had all spring and summer, we started out with the wettest year in 129 years. Then, when the cooler temps and rain were supposed to appear, September took us into the summer drought. That’s not to mention temps that pushed into the 90’s when we typically think 80 is warm. Looking at the future forecast, it looks like things are going to return to something resembling normal at least.

Now what has this all done for us? The answer is: not much. While the rain through the summer was nice, having the drought pop up in September made for a lot of watering no one was planning on. It also slowed down the mowing all year and has now pushed back the aeration and overseeding schedule by about 2-3 weeks. We are planning on starting aeration and overseeding the week of October 7th. It’s looking like with the cooler temps and more frequent rain, we are finally good to put the seed down. As usual, we are pushing to be done by October 15th to allow time for the seed to germinate before the hard frosts start to show up.

We are also starting to put together the plan for our fall clean ups. Like usual, we will be making a couple big visits to clients who have signed up for them and will work around the city pick up schedules for those of you who qualify for them. If you are looking out your window and dreading raking leaves, give us a call and we can get you a price to handle them for you this year. We still have some room open for a few more clients to join the list.

The October post is typically when I like to give you the forecast from the Farmers Almanac. It’s always fun to look back and see if

they got it right last year. So, here is the forecast for the 2019-2020 winter:

The biggest drop—with the most freefalling, frigid temperatures—is forecasted to take hold from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The Northeast, including the densely populated corridor running from Washington to Boston, will experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter. Only the western third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures, which means fewer shivers for them.

The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes. The Pacific Northwest and Southwest should see near-normal precipitation. With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet—especially along the coast.

 

So, it sounds like we could be in for a wild ride this winter. In other words, expect a normal Ohio winter of wait and see.