With fall weather here, it's a good time to get your gardens and yard in shape so they look and work their best come spring. Start by composting leaves; it's as simple as making a pile of them and mixing in other organic matter. Over time, the pile will break down and turn into beneficial mulch. Speaking of beneficial matter, now is also a good time to add organic fertilizer to your garden soil. These slow-release fertilizers add nutrients and will enhance your soil through the fall and winter months. And if you've been thinking of planting trees around the house, now is a great time to do it. With hot summer rays behind us, trees have a better chance of thriving as long as you plant them before the first frost. Added bonus: Landscaping centers are slower during these months and offer the best prices.