We get a fair amount of snow at Darlington during most winters. Although only two hours north of Manhattan by car, the climate in our village in the Hudson River Valley is appreciably-colder than in the City. As the winter season takes hold more often than not we’ll find ourselves blanketed with snow when it’s raining in the more-temperate City.
A lot of manpower is required to prepare the property for the winter. Boy is responsible for emptying and planting the urns (more on that in another post). Other than that we depend on others to do the lion's share of the work. The bulk of the leaf clean-up is done by the locally-based county lawn service company that takes care of our lawns during the summer. They come four or five times during leaf fall to rake and remove leaves from our property. We are happy for them to take the leaves away since we know they will compost them as opposed to sending them to land-fill. It is an impressive sight to behold when their trucks arrive and dis-engorge half a dozen workers armed with rakes and blowers, and to see them in action. They also put up the snow-fencing and burlap along the village road.
Rich and his son will spend at least two-to-three Saturdays doing detailed leaf removal after the lawn service has done their bulk removal, and when he’s done the property looks almost as manicured as a golf club, or as our friend Warner says: “coiffed”. They also mulch the beds, store the garden furniture, clean out the gutters, place the reflectors along the drives, and take care of the firewood. We have our plumber shut off the water to the outbuildings and blow out the pipes so they won’t burst. He’s best-equipped to do this, since he was the one who installed the exterior plumbing in the first place.