Monty’s Top 10 August Gardening Jobs
2) New plants – If you are planning on planting any new trees, shrubs, or perennials, do it this month to give them a chance to take root and don’t forget to keep them well watered now before the cooler temperatures arise.
3) Moving plants – If, over the summer, you’ve given your indoor plants a little taste of the great outdoors then consider moving them back inside this month to acclimatise them back to indoor life. No doubt they may have grown a little so also consider re-potting them.
4) Add colour – You may want to change your colour pallet around for the autumn; try bringing in chrysanthemums as they have a broad range of colours to choose from and also start to replace some of your annual plants with some cool season annuals so as to create a smoother transition.
5) Weeds – The gardeners bane. August is the ideal time to take action against these pests as it is around this time that they start to produce thousands of seeds ready to germinate in the spring. The best time to complete this task is after some rainfall, then once you have carefully dug them out, you can cover the area with fresh compost. My top tip with this is if you don’t have time to dig weeds up or it’s too dry then make sure you just nip the flowers or seed heads off to stop them from spreading further.
6) Staking – Top heavy plants can take a beating all year round, but with autumn and undoubtedly stronger winds around the corner, you may want to prepare plants such as Lillie’s and Dahlias by using stakes to support them. Also keep a careful watch on your Tomato plants, as the fruit develops it can way down stems and snap them, keep these staked and supported.
8) Pick your herbs – August is the optimal time to harvest some of your herbs for drying and storage as the oil content responsible for strong flavour is at it’s peak. Make sure you do this when the leaves are mature but before flowering begins. Also, the best time of day would be after the morning dew but before it gets too hot. It’s also important to cut back dead flowers or new flowers if you want to keep using the herbs.
9) Mid season fertilizer – Try adding a layer of compost or manure to your flower beds and vegetable gardens at this time to give your plants an extra boost of nutrients they may have lost. Make sure you are still feeding bedding plants & Hanging Baskets once a week, Tomato feed is perfect for them as it encourages more flowers, to keep the colour lasting longer.
So there you have it, lots to keep you busy this month, and if you have any children why not put them to work too; get creative even, build a fairy garden or something to inspire their imaginations.
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