There’s a couple of cool his and her urban cruisers that I’ve been eyeing at a favorite bike shop. Very European in feel and design. Soft leather, comfortable spring seats with wheel-activated lighting and a lock built into the wheels. The shop manager wondered if this was a fall purchase or next year. He mentioned, most riders will often ride their way into late November, which gives us plenty of time to enjoy them. And prices typically escalate with next year’s models. Hmmm.
Reminds me of our green industry dilemma and common conversations we have with likely clients wanting to improve their home or create an incredible outdoor living space. Hey, I get it. Why spend the money now when we can delay it for several months. Well, here are the top five reasons to move forward this fall/early winter with your dreamy project:
1. Ryan at Vive Exterior Design says “fall is a great time to plant as they are going into dormancy which gives them a kickstart for spring.” Trees and shrubs planted in the fall handle next seasons drought conditions infinitely better than those planted in the spring.
2. Fall weather is considerably more favorable/predictable than spring prompting patio projects, lanais, fireplaces and pergolas to be installed more timely and under friendly conditions.
3. Wesley, the brilliant proprietor of Wesley’s Landscape and Lawncare, expanded… “Cost. Often, contractors are offering better deals going into late fall. If done in fall, the early spring enjoyment is awaiting.” As you can appreciate, costs typically don’t reduce as time progresses, especially during the spring frenzy.
4. Supply stream issues are avoided. Spring demand often results in supply constraints for plants, pavers, cedar, etc…
5. Seize the day.
So, there you go. Carpe diem, pull a Nike and “just do it,” save money, beat the spring frenzy, enjoy your space immediately next year and simply be a smart consumer. Heck, we push outdoor living into December and often are storytelling around the fire-pit on Christmas.
As you can imagine, I’m heading to the bike shop. See you on the Monon.