Marie Iannotti reminds us that "there are plenty of garden tasks to keep everyone busy in October." Of course, what you need to be doing in the yard in October depends on where you live, but Marie's "everyone" was meant to remind northern gardeners that it's not time to throw in the towel (or should I say "trowel"?) just yet, even if your garden has called it quits for another year. Consult this October yard to-do list from About.com's Gardening Guide to ensure you're not forgetting any important fall chores.
My favorite item on her list is, "Use your garden debris and leaves to start a compost pile." What frugal landscaper doesn't enjoy turning trash into treasure? This chore should also inspire all but the most pessimistic to think ahead to spring: the compost you're starting now will feed the plants in next spring's garden.
Besides, in my region (New England), there's no other month that smiles quite so favorably on yard work as October. Worries about mosquito control and the scalding summer sun are but a distant memory, meaning that chores such as pulling Oriental bittersweet (photo) won't be quite so grueling. On the other hand, Old Man Winter looms large on the horizon. In a couple of months, I'll be looking back fondly on weather hospitable enough for leaf raking.
Photo ©2006 David Beaulieu, Landscaping Guide (licensed to About, Inc.)