The idea behind a fall clean-up is not only to remove all the fallen leaves and twigs that accumulate each autumn, but to prepare your lawn and garden beds for the next growing season.
Start at the top: as Isaac Newton observed, what goes up must come down. The leaves that have blown up into your gutters are now impeding the flow of rain (and as winter progresses, melted snow, too) within the gutter system of your home and they must come down. It is prudent to clean your gutters at least once a year to ensure that rain and snow run-off are directed to the downspouts and away from your home, where the excess moisture can cause damage.
Next, it’s time to rake or blow out the leaves and tree debris which have collected amongst the plantings in your garden beds and on your lawn. You may want to consider removing dead growth at this point, as well.
Once your grass is leaf-free, don’t forget to give it a final mowing.
Now that all your fall chores are done, get out and enjoy some local activities and events!
Red Hot Red Cross Chili Fest Cape Cod Beer, 1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis, Nov. 10, 6:30 to 9PM, $10 admission includes two beer tickets. Free chili, corn bread, popcorn. A cash bar will serve beer and wine. There will be games and prizes!
Eastham Turnip Festival Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham, Nov. 18, 1 to 4PM. Free admission. Eastham turnips will be on sale, along with other locally grown fruits and vegetables, jams, seasonal bakes goods, and honey. Festival will feature food concession stands, entertainment, contests, and more!
Chatham in the Fall 10K Monomoy Regional Middle School, 425 Crowell Rd. Chatham, Nov. 19th, 11AM to 3PM. Put on by the Cape Cod Athletic Club. Proceeds to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation and local scholarships. Runners may register here.
Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, Nov. 22, 5 - 7PM
Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, which will be decorated with thousands of lights until January 6th, 2018. Entertainment and light refreshments will be available.
Chatham Turkey Trot Chatham Orpheum Theater, (corner of Main Street and Stage Harbor Road) Chatham, Nov. 23, 8AM. Participants: Adults $20, Children $5, plus a bag of non-perishable grocery items for adults and 2 grocery items for children. Run or walk 3.1 miles to benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s emergency programs. Register between 7- 8AM at the parking lot behind the Chatham CVS.
Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree Lopes Square, 308 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Nov. 25, 5:30PM Working lobster traps on loan from local fisherman will be stacked and lighted for the 13th year in a row!
Gardens Aglow: A Treasured Holiday Tradition Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, begins on Nov. 24, 4:30 to 8:30PM, runs daily through Dec. 22. See more than ten miles of lights, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, roast marshmallows, enjoy live music, and much more! Admission: Adults $18, Children $8
A Seaside Christmas in Orleans Orleans Yacht Club, 39 Cove Rd. Orleans, Nov. 25, 8 to 10AM. Santa Arrives by boat! Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, too!
Country Christmas Open House Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, Sandwich, begins Nov. 25, 10AM - 4PM, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 17. Sample a delicious cup of mulled cider and try the historic Jam Kitchen’s tasty wares!