With your to-do list including weeding, fertilizing, mulching, planting, trimming and preparing for winter, autumn is quite a busy season for yardwork. With all the things that need to be done, the task at hand might seem a bit overwhelming and joyless. These tips should serve to make your autumn yardwork a bit more fun, which will help the tasks to fly by.
Treat yardwork like exercise
Don’t think of autumn yardwork as a chore — think of it as an opportunity to integrate exercise into your everyday life. Whether you’re raking leaves, pulling weeds or shoveling mulch, you’re moving your body, exercising your muscles and getting your heart pumping. Better still, you get to do it while enjoying the crisp, refreshing fall weather.
Thinking of yardwork as exercise is also a great way to make it safer and easier on your body. Just like when you run, bike or lift weights, you’ll want to make sure that you aren’t overextending yourself. Make sure you stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks during and in-between tasks. You’ll also want to warm up first, maintain the right posture and use proper techniques for lifting and repetitive motions.
Get other people involved
If you have kids, enlisting them in the day’s work can unlock all sorts of fun possibilities. With a little creativity, you can turn yardwork into play. Turn tasks into fun competitions and encourage kids to activate their imaginations. Don’t forget one of the most enjoyable autumn activities of all — taking a running leap into a giant pile of crisp leaves, the ultimate reward for a job well done.
If getting children involved isn’t an option, you could try setting up a yardwork club with your friends and neighbors. Each weekend, team up and take turns helping each other out with autumn yardwork. You’ll finish your tasks more quickly, and you’ll get to do them while enjoying the company of people you care about. For even more fun, buy pizza and beverages to enjoy before or after your workday — or fire up the grill and turn it into a party.
Listen and reflect while you work
If you’re not operating power tools or a loud leaf blower, a day of autumn yardwork can be a great opportunity to catch up on your listening. During an afternoon of raking and planting, you could binge on that addictive podcast all your friends have been talking about, queue up some lectures on a topic you’re interested in or listen to several chapters of an audiobook. If you’re a music lover, you could create a soundtrack for the day with a few playlists of old favorites or new tunes you’ve been meaning to check out.
If you’re doing yardwork solo, it’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy some introspection and solitude. This could involve meditation, taking stock of your life or pondering new ideas. Another way to relax is to keep your senses fully engaged as you work: Listen to the rustling of the wind, enjoy the changing colors, savor the feel of soil between your fingers and take in the distant smell of burning leaves as you go about your tasks. Though you’re liable to be a little sore, you might come away from yardwork feeling refreshed and with a clear head.
Autumn is a uniquely beautiful time of year, and working in the yard is a great way to get some enjoyment out of it even if there’s hard work to be done. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your handiwork by looking out over an immaculate landscape with a cold beverage and a sense of personal satisfaction.