October:
  • Apply broadleaf herbicide to lawns
  • Before frost, pot up herbs to grow indoors through the winter
  • Bring plants indoors before the 1st frost
  • Check gauges on home fire extinguishers to ensure a full charge. Replace if necessary
  • Clean all walls, ceilings & floors
  • Clean gutters after leaves have fallen. Make sure downspouts are in good repair
  • Color Hair
  • Crystal on sale
  • Daylight savings time ends (Fall back in the fall)
  • Detach hoses in case of freezing temperatures. Remove all paints, caulks and liquid materials from garage or garden sheds
  • Dig gladiolus corms & dahlia & canna roots for winter storage
  • Dining furniture on sale
  • Fishing equipment on sale
  • Glassware on sale
  • Halloween
  • Harvest apples & store at 34
  • Harvest pumpkin, winter squash, & gourds as vines die from frost
  • Harvest seed from cleome, poppies, zinnia, marigold, & other flowers to scatter next spring
  • Houses on sale
  • Inspect plants for pests or disease
  • Inspect weather-stripping around doors and windows and repair or replace if necessary.
  • Organize household business records, throw away superseded ones
  • Plant deciduous trees & shrubs
  • Plant tulip, daffodil, & other spring-flowering bulbs before 1st freeze
  • Set thermostats and automatic sprinklers for winter
  • Silver on sale
  • Stock up now on next summer's patio furniture
  • Take cuttings of coleus & geraniums to grow indoors for the winter
  • Turn mattresses
  • Wash windows, storm windows & screens
  • When setting clocks back to Standard Time, change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Winter wear (winter coats, gloves, scarves) on sale