Test soil in your garden to monitor the balance of minerals.
Apply pre-emerge herbicide to the lawn if you have not already.
Remove damaged and dead wood from trees.
Pick the blossom-like fruit of golden rain trees, and let them dry for winter arrangements.
Dig up caladiums with foliage intact, allow to dry, remove dried foliage, and store in peat moss in a cool, dark place for replanting next year.
Force bulbs for indoor show (paper-white, narcissus, lilies of the valley, jonquils, or hyacinths). Place the bulb on gravel and water enough to cover the roots; keep in a dark place until the root system is established and sprouts reach 3 inches. Bring gradually into the light and refill the container with water to the original level.
Make sure the birds in your garden have food, shelter, and water.
Place leaves in the compost bin or mulch them with your lawn mower.
Mums, marigolds, periwinkles, salvias, sasanquas, golden raintrees, roses, ageratums, asters, camellias, celosias, colchicums, dahlias, petunias, salvias, and zinnias.
Golden raintrees, beautyberries, dogwoods, ginkgos, pyracanthas, apples, yaupons.