Plant: Many hardy varieties of ornamental plants do well when planted in fall. Do this while the ground is still warm and there’s time for adequate watering. Be sure to water new and young plants during winter dry spells, too.

Lawnmower: Prepare the lawnmower and other small-engine equipment for winter storage, following the owner’s manual. This prevents the number one cause of small-engine repair: old gas left in the tank.

Mice: Nip the annual rodent problem in the bud by setting out mousetraps as soon as the nights turn cold. The type of trap or relocation hotel is up to you.