As summer winds down, I’m sure like me, your thoughts turn to back-to-school events, pumpkin spice everything, and repairing the leaf blower that’s been buried under that pile of bicycles in the garage. Wait, what? How did I know? I’ve been there, and regardless of what lawn and garden equipment is causing you trouble, Mid-Continent Public Library has you covered with amazing online resources that can help get your yard ready for the upcoming fall and winter months.
For the DIYer, you just can’t beat the Small Engine Repair Reference Center. Whether you need to perform routine maintenance or extensive repairs, this resource provides detailed, yet user-friendly, repair guides on a variety of outdoor power equipment: chain saws, weed-whackers, garden tillers, lawn mowers, snow blowers, generators, and more.
Home Improvement has great tips and tutorials for all skill levels on weather-proofing your home, making fence repairs, or even building a potting bench or greenhouse. It contains articles from well-respected home improvement magazines like The Family Handyman, Gardening Life, and Old House Journal—with no advertisements to wade through.
Just because the days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler doesn’t mean you have to close up shop on that yard—why not plant for the season? It’s the perfect time to put in trees, shrubs, bulbs, or plant a fall garden, and Gardening and Horticulture is your go-to reference for all that and more. Search by publication to access and browse perennial favorites (see what I did there?!) like Country Living, Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening, and Old Farmer’s Almanac, or do a subject search to “dig in” (punny!) to a specific topic like tool maintenance or collecting seeds for next year.
Do you have a fall project to tackle? Let us know in the comments!