I was amazed to hear that this region experienced record highs in Philadelphia last week and record lows in Allentown yesterday. That's how fast the season seems to be changing and we're struggling to stay ahead of it. We have had a mild fall so far but time is running out for warm weather projects.
Every season has its specific projects. We have completed most of our Norway maple control; this is an easy species to identify in the fall because it remains green when other trees have turned color, and then remains yellow after others have dropped their leaves entirely. Also, the brief window when bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) still has its leaves and can easily be targeted is closing quickly. We can still manage this invasive vine after it has dropped its leaves—it just takes longer to spot and it is more difficult to do as thorough a job.
Alas, spot priming and painting windowsills on the tenant house may have to wait until next year. Although the days are getting warm enough to paint the nights are falling too low.
I'll still be mowing a few more times to chop up leaves. As many will blow out as blow into our clearing in the woods.
We've adjusted our schedules to work this week in hours halfway between daylight savings time and standard time: it's still dark when work should start and daylight is necessary for many projects.