Pressure-Wash the Fall Away

Fall in the PNW was a little behind schedule this year; but it has finally come and gone! Except it is not really gone… The once bright and yellow leaves are now brown and squishy. They are leaving their dark (yet beautiful) marks all over your driveways and sidewalks. Worse though, they are all over your patio and clogging up your rain gutters. They stick to your feet as you cross your patio to enjoy a dip in your hot tub. πŸ˜‰ The dry leaves can be blown away; yes…but what about the soggy ones? What about the layers of ash from all the fires that are mixing with rain to make your walls look sludgy? What can you do? Why should you do anything? What happens if you don’t? Well, I am here to answer all of it!

What Can You Do?

I think the title already gave away the big secret πŸ˜‰ but Pressure-Washing is an excellent way to clean up all the soggy remains of fall! The climate here gets soggy quickly and the leaves don’t have the same opportunity to disintegrate and blow away in the wind like they do in some places. Raking them up into a glorious pile of leaves to jump in is also less satisfying…Unless you enjoy jumping into what feels like fluffy, cold mud. So what does it mean to Pressure-Wash?

Pressure-Wash in Latin is “Pressura-Lava”… a fancy way of saying “to wash with hot lava and pressure”…. πŸ˜‰ When you pressure-wash a surface, a pump is used to create a high pressure water spray that works very efficiently at removing mold, grime, dust, mud, soggy leaves and other debris from the surface. Detergents can be added to make the washing even more effective.

You can wash away most of the soggy residue of fall with a quick pressure-wash! You can pressure-wash the leaves out of your gutters and off of your patio. You can pressure-wash the ashes and grime off your walls, windows and trim. And you can also wash the stains off of your driveway and sidewalk that are left behind from rotting fruits and leaves! Mold and Mildew removal often requires a detergent to be mixed in to effectively eliminate them; but I suggest a mild detergent either way!

Why Should You Pressure-Wash?

Spring and Fall (and right before a new paint job) are the best times to pressure-wash! We will focus on why Fall is a good time.

  • Temperature: Most of the time in fall, temperatures are still not freezing. You do not want to pressure-wash in freezing weather as that could create worse problems than soggy leaves. Because of the pressure behind the water; water will reach places it normally can’t when you pressure-wash. You do not want in to freeze and expand in these areas!
  • Cleanliness: After Summer and Fall, we tend to have a lot of things “left-over” on our home’s surfaces. The popsicles that dripped onto the deck… The pollen that is clinging tightly to the window trim… The leftover pumpkin juices that marked their spot on the front porch…. Ok maybe I’m the only one that throws them out a few days too late haha- but I doubt it! πŸ˜‰ Either way, cleanliness is next to godliness!
  • Protection: Believe it or not; all those little things left sticking to the surfaces around your home only get harder to remove the longer you leave them there! Certain molds and mildews can cause a lot of damage once they start growing into the materials that protect your home. This is the most important reason you should pressure-wash in the fall!

What Happens If You Don’t Pressure-Wash The Fall Away?

You’re probably thinking: “Well I have never pressure-washed my home in the fall and it is still standing!” Right? Right. Pressure-Washing is one of those small things that makes a big difference over time! As I said above; molds and mildews will damage the surfaces of the things that protect your home if left unchecked. Paint, Siding, Trim, Caulking… All of these things will last longer if you maintain them properly. Will they disintegrate at the end of winter if you just let the rain clean them for a couple years? No, probably not. Will you be paying for more home maintenance in the long run in the form of new siding or paint? Definitely! Also, you will be more likely to track soggy leaves into your hot tub. πŸ˜‰

Choosing to pressure-wash in the fall is just a small, important step you can take to maintain your home and lengthen the amount of time that passes before you have to invest in a large, important step.

Can You Damage Your Home While Pressure-Washing?

Yes! This is one reason a lot of people will just let the rain do the work… If you use too high of a setting for the surface you are cleaning; you can absolutely damage the material. For example: Concrete can withstand a higher pressure than your fence or your deck because the material is more rigid. Do your research on the surfaces you will be cleaning and you should have no problems! Here is one very helpful article about how to pressure-wash!

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5 Autumn Decor Ideas To Fall For

You already fell for my cheesy title, so why stop there! We all know there are literally thousands of crafts and DIY projects you can do to help bring in the season. Stores are overflowing with things colored yellow and orange and rusty red. Throw-pillows and gourds and fake leaves abound! There are Soooooo many things you can make and buy and thoughtfully place in your home…annnnd then put into storage in 2 months….It is a bit overwhelming to some of us. These 5 ideas you can just throw away when the snow comes! You can watch them Fall right into the trash can alongside your moldy carved pumpkin that withered away by the front door…Ahhh I can smell it already πŸ˜‰

1. Dried Corn Stalks

Fall Decor -Dried Corn Stalks

Dried Corn Stalks are the perfect way to bring some fall feels to your front entry! If you grow your own corn, all you need to do is remove the corn from the plant and then cut the stalks at the base about 5 days before you decorate. Hang them upside down in the sun to dry until they are a nice golden brown! If you do not grow your own corn, you can usually find stalks at farmers markets. Sometimes they will even be dried already!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Add Sunflowers or Cat- Tails or anything you like and place next to the front door!
  • 2. Place inside in a tall, narrow planter pot and keep inside.
  • 3. Use pieces of the dried leaves from the stalks to accent a wreath.
  • 4. Decorate fence posts!
  • 5. Use as kindling for Bonfire …saved the best for last πŸ˜‰ Bonfires are Superior to trash cans. Tis the Season!

2. Mini Pumpkins

Fall Decor – Mini Pumpkins

These little guys are just required. You can put them anywhere and it just works. On the table, in the windowsill, even on the back of the toilet! Anywhere you can think of- it works!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Make a centerpiece on your kitchen table using a variety of mini gourds and pumpkins and leaves.
  • 2. Use outside on front steps or on hay bales.. The more the merrier!
  • 3. Place on top of candle holders- You can spray paint them gold, black, and white for a different fall feel
  • 4. Fill a large lantern, glass jar, or see through wire basket.
  • 5. Make a fall game for trick or treaters and use them to hit targets/make baskets!

3. Hay Bales

Fall Decor- Hay Bales

You probably don’t want to use these Indoors…but they provide a lot of character for your outdoor decor! I am pretty sure you can order fake hay bales online if you have an allergy, however that defeats the simplistic purpose of this article… But as someone who suffers from allergies- I won’t hold it against you πŸ˜‰

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Use to add height near entry to emphasize other decorations such as pumpkins, lanterns, and wooden signs.
  • 2. Place loose hay underneath pumpkin centerpiece. Use a large tray or bowl for less mess!
  • 3. Make Scarecrows or shabby brooms.
  • 4. Set up an outdoor seat/ photo area!
  • 5. Also excellent kindling for a bonfire πŸ™‚

4. Pine Cones
Fall Decor – Pine Cones

Personally, I always use pine cones in my decor. I just love them! But the best thing about them is that they can make the transition into winter decor no problem! That saves you having to think twice!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. A table centerpiece is a going theme for this blog.. what can I say!
  • 2. Glue onto door wreath with sticks and herbs for a multi-seasonal effect.
  • 3. Place near pumpkins, apples, sunflowers or hay bales for contrast and detail.
  • 4. Dip in melted wax of any color and add glitter! (My grandmother’s project!)
  • 5. Make Cinnamon Pine Cones!

5. Wheat

Fall Decor – Wheat

Wheat is an excellent way to bring a little bit of fall around without clashing with what you already have! This is probably the most versatile fall decoration of them all!

5 Creative ways to use for fall

  • 1. Cut off the top of a pumpkin and use it as a vase for the wheat.
  • 2. Make bundles of wheat and wrap a fall colored ribbon around them and put them anywhere!
  • 3. Another easy way to make a wreath: glue on some leaves and flowers and wah-la!
  • 4. Add Cat-tails to your arrangement for added interest!
  • 5. Another excellent addition to the Bonfire!!!

Hopefully this article helps you find some fall decorations that don’t break the bank! That way you can spend more on Salted Caramel Lattes! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your Bonfire!!! (One more thing you can add to the bonfire is a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Bleh! πŸ˜‰ )

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