No one likes potholes, and unfortunately with the weather we have in the Twin Ports, they are quite prevalent.  So what is the solution?

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The City of Duluth has a webpage you can report street issues on HERE.  The City of Superior has one that is similar located HERE.  I bring this subject up and wanted to point people in the right direction for getting these issues addressed because of one of my neighbors.

Now, I'll preface this with saying that I know they were trying to do something to help everyone in the neighborhood and of course help themselves.  Our alley behind the house which several neighbors use to park in their garages and respective parking spaces is there.  We however have potholes that get worse every year, and as a resolution instead of buying some bags of blacktop patch, was to fill a big one with clay.  Yep, not even Class IV gravel, but instead it was straight-up Superior, WI clay.  While I applaud the thought, the delivery is a joke.

In case you haven't driven through clay like material before, I'll let you know that it gets on everything.  It sticks in the tread of your tires, which then kicks up all under your vehicle, and also leaves clay tracks as you drive along.  It's basically a huge mess, and while it helped with the prevention of bottoming out my suspension for a couple of days, it's now a hole again and is nothing but a pain.  So if you have potholes or other road issues that need to be addressed and you're not going to attempt to fix it yourself at least kind of the right way, at least reach out to your city and let them know where the issues are.  It's a much better solution that creating a big mess for your neighbors and not really fixing anything.  If my neighbors now think I'm an ass for pointing out how stupid it was to use clay, no matter how noble the thought was, there is a video above showing how to apply blacktop patch to potholes.

How To Get Your Lawn Ready For Fall

You keep up with it all summer long; the watering, the seeding, fertilizing, mowing, raking - it seems like a never ending chore that's thankless at its core. Maybe that's why at the first sign of colored leaves on the trees and falling temperatures, many quickly give up the task of lawn care.

And who could blame those who abandon lawn care right after Labor Day and the start of school; cutting the grass isn't really fun to begin with and those extra steps needed to ensure a green and lush lawn (fertilizer, thatching) are just more work than many care to put in.

But totally ignoring your lawn during the fall isn't the best choice of action - especially if you want a nice looking one come spring.

Thankfully, fall lawn care isn't all that much different from what you've been doing all summer long. Here are some good tips to get your lawn ready for to hibernate during winter and press back into shape once springtime rolls around.