Davis' Gerhard Bock, author of Bamboo, Succulents and More, gets to work on "fall" projects even though the weather still feels like summer:
"In other parts of the country and the world, fall has arrived. Here, we're expecting 94 degrees F. today and fall is just a word on the calendar. While I love early summer when heat-loving plants really get going, late summer is one of my least favorite times of year. The garden looks tired and I'm ready for the change that autumn brings. Not only a change in temperature and weather but also a change in motivation from the can't-be-bothered doldrums of late summer to the can't-wait-to-get-started eagerness I typically feel in October.
"I should add that late September and October are actually great gardening months for us. I love to put new plants in the ground then because they have six months to get acclimated before the heat returns. And this year, I plan on doing quite a bit of planting and renovating because many areas in the front and back yard need an overhaul."
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