First Weekend of the Fall and the Driveway Ecosystem is Dormant (I Hope)

22 Sep

Allthough today is sunny it is cool with showers. The last few days have had been a howling gale. What a change from the hot dry summer. Gone are the sunsets ar 10:00; now its dark by 8:15. Some chores for the coming winter include turning over the garden and mulching, a final lawn mow and winterizing the mower, laying straw over the septic task and water lines, cleaning the eaves and pruning so many trees, especially the ones overhanging the roof. The driveway does not seem to need mowing. It’s ecosystem has gone dormant. Gone are the days of mowing and weed-whacking the driveway which sometimes feels like it is the size of a Walmart parking lot. Nothing like the sound of gravel chipping away at the blade as I mow the grass, dandelions, thistles and other assorted life-forms that refuse to be killed. Ah, but you ask , “why don’t I just sterilize the life out of it with Roundup or Killex?” Well we live on the shore of Lake Winnipeg so there is the issue of using poison so close to the water. From a more personal perspective, our water comes from a well, so I am less inclined to potentially poison our own drinking water supply. So the driveway gets mowed


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