Thursday, November 12 2015 08:16

Five Tips for Final Fall Clean-up & Preparing for the Snowpocalypse...

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As I write these words to you right now, the cold November rain (GN'R reference) is coming down outside our home, the gutters overflowing and solid sheets of water running down the windows of my office. The harsh reality is that my favorite season will soon come to a close, with Fall making way to Winter. If the preliminary predictions are to be believed, winter 2015/16 in the U.S. is gonna be harsh - and that's saying something since we've lived through a bevy of Hoth-like conditions here in Northern Illinois during the past few winters. If previous years have brought forth those news-worthy catch phrases like "Snowmageddon," what's looming in the not-so-distant future might well be the Snowpocalypse, and we must be prepared. Thing is, we need to finish our Fall Clean-up to be ready for winter - and being prepared for both will help everyone get back to normal come Spring, and getting our lawn and garden ready for a new year of fresh growth is something I'm always looking forward to.  My friends at Craftsman have all the tools to get you through every season, and to help bridge Fall and Winter, I'm throwing down five helpful tips!

Five Tips for Final Fall Clean-up & Preparation for the Snowpocalypse:

Plant some Fall Bulbs!

Trim Back the Flower Beds and Perennials, then Compost the Debris: Seeing the first emergence of fresh tips is one of the true joys of Spring, but those Fall Bulbs - Tulips, Daffodils, etc, won't be their best if they have to come up through inches of muck that was left to freeze and thaw under inches (or feet) of snow during the winter. Trim back those Hostas and other perennial plants, and then toss the clippings into your compost bin. As long as you're keeping up on maintaining the compost, you'll have some additional ingredients for some "black gold" next year. Additionally, plant some Fall Bulbs in preparation for some spring color next year. Some fresh mulch will help protect your plants to make it through the deep freeze.

You Vacuum Your Carpet, so Vacuum Your Grass! It's true... with the Craftsman 4-in-1 Yard Vac, you can take to the yard like you'd take to the living room, casually walking through with 190cc's of power sucking up the junk to leave a nice carpet of uncluttered grass just waiting for the snow to fall. This is just one of many Fall tools that Craftsman offers.

Get Your Gnome Army Back Inside: Have some Gnomes guarding your Garden? Don't leave the little guys out in the cold - bring 'em in! Same goes for any other statuesque creatures that might be lurking about. We have a Fairie Garden as well, so bringing the entire Kingdom - residents, castle and all - back into the garage for storage is a good thing. I've even got a Gnomefather out there, along with a Gnome-eating dinosaur. There's also a Garden Jawa from STAR WARS. Judge not.

Bring the Gnomes in for the winter!

If You've Got Wood, Chop It: We don't have a fireplace, nor do we have a source of firewood... but we know a lot of people that do. The Craftsman 208cc 27-Ton Log Splitter is a beast, and a proven entry into Craftsman's impressive fleet of tools for any occasion. It splits logs up to 25" in diameter either horizontally or vertically with 27 tons of ram pressure.

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The Sky Will Throw You Snow... be Ready to Throw it Somewhere Else!: New for 2015, Craftsman Pro Series Snowblowers are ready for action, and they mean business. Imagine rolling out of the garage with a Black & Yellow bringer of snow destruction ready to clear driveways and sidewalks fast! One of my friends at Craftsman used the phrase "little white doom flakes" to describe what's headed our way. It's not a question of "if," but "when" the snow will arrive. Will you be ready to fight back?

Craftsman ClubWant more great tips for Fall, Winter, and every season? Join the Craftsman Club - a free community of like-minded Makers and DIYers with plenty of inspiration to share!

I'm on there, you should be too!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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