Poinsettias placed in the flower-bud initiation darkness in September should be allowed to remain in a sunny window near months end. Feed until bracts show color and do not expose to evening light until the flowering begins.
Check plants for pests and treat as necessary.
Window plants turned occasionally will keep a better shape.
Amaryllis potted now will bloom by Christmas. Plant one to a five inch pot inserting the lower third of the bulb in the soil.
Callas may be potted.
Geraniums need lots of light and cool conditions to keep from getting leggy.
Mums may be cut back to three inches and mulched lightly after the ground freezes.
Remove dead foliage from around rose bushes, work in some bone meal around the plant, then hill soil or mulch about eight inches deep around the canes.
Cut all suckers from the base of lilac bushes and apply manure or compost.
Last chance to plant spring blooming bulbs (daffodils, tulips).
Protect trunks of newly planted shade trees by wrapping loosely with burlap or paper strips. Place wire or other protector around young fruit trees to prevent rabbit and mice damage.
All vegetable garden refuse should be cleaned up and added to the compost.
After a few frosts, cover strawberry beds with straw, pine needles, or other coarse litter.
Raspberries planted in sandy soil benefit from an application of rotted manure.
Clean up and destroy diseased and insect-infested foliage and fruit from the garden.
Lawns should have about two inches of top growth to go into the winter to prevent matting.
Leaves raked up can be added to the compost pile or used as mulch.
Use coldframes to store plants that need protection.