Even though the garden may seem to stop growing in at particular times of the year, the work never ends and there’s always something to do. So, let’s take a look at the tasks that you can perform in August to make the most of your outdoor area.
Flower Garden Care
The end of summer is a busy time in the flower area of the garden – here are some of the things that need doing:
- Ensure your patio container plants are well watered and also sufficiently fed.
- If you have tall flowers like lilies or dahlias then these need to be staked to prevent the wind blowing them over.
- Trim lavender to prevent them becoming too large and cumbersome
- If you have other herbs, cut them back now as this will mean you will have new leaves to harvest before cold weather sets in
- Prune rambling roses
- Collect seeds that are ripened and keep them for next year
- If you have a wildflower meadow, then now is the time to cut it as the seeds will scatter
- If you are going to propagate your tender perennials then now is the time to take cuttings
- Spray around perennial weeds with a weed killer
- Dead head perennials and plants in beds.
- Prune wisteria and summer flowering bushes
The lawn also needs some car in august – here are some of the things you should do:
- If it’s brown, don’t worry, there’ll soon be plenty of rain – especially if you’re performing grounds maintenance Amersham or anywhere else in the UK.
- Don’t feed it as new growth will be damaged by the colder weather
- Raise the height you cut your lawn at as the growth will now be slower than at the beginning of the summer. This helps encourage healthy grass
- Those who are going to lay a new lawn should prepare now. The area will take time to settle and weeds will need to germinate.
- Lawn edges can be cleaned and cut
- If you have ants, clean their nests
Green House Care
The green house also needs care at this time of year – here are just some of the activities to perform in August:
- Water plants if soil is dry
- Increase humidity on dry days
- Avoid overheating with blinds on very warm days
- Use sticky traps to prevent flying pests causing damage
- Clean fallen leaves up to prevent health issues
August Garden Prep – What you Need to Do
Fruit arriving lush at this time of year and there are a number of things to do now that will help you reap rewards:
- Feed plants with a high potash feed
- If you have citrus plants feed them with an apt fertiliser
- Net berries to prevent animal problems
- Harvest fruit trees such as plums, apricots and cherries
- If you have loads of berries why not freeze them – they will keep for the whole winter
- Tidy up strawberry plants to improve ventilation
- Plant out rooted runners if you have strawberries to prepare for 12 months’ time.
Vegetables also need plenty of looking after now:
- Water vegetable plants daily
- When fruits on the vegetable plants start to form, feed them with tomato feed
- Remove the top of tomato plants to concentrate growth. Do the same for runner beans if they are at the top of their canes
- Thin parsley to ensure the roots are strong for the cold weather
- Harvest second potatoes if they’re ready
- Remove onions and shallots if the foliage is dying back
- Take cuttings of herbs and dry
- Be wary of potato and tomato blight and also butterfly eggs on cabbage
- Clear the dead foliage away from vegetables
- Be aware of leaves
If you follow these tips you should find that your garden is completely under control for the month of August.