What to do in October in SoCal
According to Pat Welsh. See the book "Southern California Gardening" for details.
cool season annuals
permanent landscape (except for tropicals, bare-roots, natives), lilies, oxalis, Tazetta daffodils, cineraria, wildflower seeds, cool season lawns, cool season veggies
spring bulbs ( anemones, daffs, Dutch irises, ranunculus, crocus, tulips, hyacinth and pre-chill the last three
clivia, daylily, gazanias, fortnight lily, bird of paradise, irise, Kahili ginger, lily turf, shasta daisies, hardy water lilies, naked ladies, perennials
pelargoniums, ivy geraniums, natives, cut down asparagus stems after they turn brown, cut back red fountain grass just as new blades emerge from ground, cut back festuca
fuchsias, hardy water lilies, poinsettias, roses, cool season lawns, St. Augustine.
Lift glads and clean up, tie up sweet peas, harvest macadamias, store tuberous begonias, dethatch cool season lawns, harvest horseradish.