Spruce up your gardens and planters, before the rainy season.
Consider planting seasonal, short-term varieties, to celebrate the changing weather.
Discounts. Check out your local garden center or home supply store for plants on sale.
Insulate your plants, or add a mulch layer, if you expect harsh cold.
The beginning of Fall is a good time to take stock, think about what worked well for you this year, and plan for next spring. Its also a good time to take care of your yard tools, so they’ll be clean and sharp for the growing season.
While you’re at it, its a good idea to have your plants trimmed back and renovate the various boundaries dividing lawn from flowers, etc. And don’t forget about sustainability; with the coming changes in California watering requirements, its not a bad time to think about water storage. Saving rainwater this winter may go a long way toward maintaining your plants, down the road.