Do a simple cleanup. Enjoy autumn's pleasures and do something simple that makes a huge difference: Leave the difficult work for another month. October is a great time to just touch up your outdoor spaces to keep them livable, allowing more time to enjoy them.Remove smaller deadwood from trees and shrubs, since removal of live growth is more likely to stimulate new growth when the first colder weather arrives. Dead twigs and smaller wood pieces detract from a plant's form — and it's easy to tell those from the live wood right now. When you're finished, rake up excess debris, leaves and other litter from planting areas and the lawn. An ordered space is more relaxing, and a garden may be the prime spot for personal revival.