The weather has been great all week in Chicago for gardeners to get out and do some fall cleanup. the weather has been averaging about 10 degrees above normal and is a great boost over earlier this fall.
We have cut back all the perennials in one of the parking lots and cleaned the beds we will continue on to the big parking lot next week and also start on the holiday lighting. It takes some time to get all the lights up but it is part of the holiday season.
We received our newest purchase in on Friday. A Case 450 Skid loader with snow bucket, snow pusher, fork lift set, and material bucket. This is really an awesome machine with all the bells and whistles including a weather radio. The fact is our old bucket loader died last year so we have been severely limited this year because machine tasks had to be preformed by hand and of course some tasks could not be performed at all. Now we will really be able to get a lot more work done and our production will go way up. When you are shorthanded on labor you can not make up by working harder but if you have the proper equipment you can certainly increase your productivity without increasing your labor. I think the administration will be happy with their investment.
As I said before it is beautiful weather and hopefully it will hold all the way through next week. Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather while it lasts.