Tips - August
Bugs – Bait for those pesky slugs and snails, use
Sluggo.. Spider mites like the heat and
are active, use Neem Oil Concentrate.
Divide Perennials- Dig, divide and replant early
blooming perennials like bearded iris and Oriental poppies.
Fertilize- Use liquid plant food for
fucshias, geraniums, petunias, and other annuals every two weeks.
Planting – You can still plant perennials
especially the late summer/ fall bloomers like Echinacia, Rudebeckia, and Caryopsis. The one gallon size is a good size to plant
this late in the season.
Lawns- Time to
prepare for overseeding and planting new lawns.
You want to use the last weeks of August to prepare so you can get the
seed down in September.
Mulch- Keep the
mulch layers in tact. Good mulch reduces
weeds and evaporation loss of water. It
also helps build soil health and structure.
Pruning – Get a second round of blooms from those
annuals. Shear back the old blooms and
give them a jolt of high bloom fertilizer.
This works for cosmos, zinnias, petunias, impatiens, marigolds and
fibrous begonias. Deadhead those
perennials to keep the blooms going.
Veggies – You will want to get seed in
the ground in mid to late August to have time for that fall harvest. Young plants started this month grow fast in
the warm days of summer and then produce their crops in during the cooler days
of fall. Broccoli and kale, and
cauliflower rarely bolt because of the cooler days of fall. We will have these starts beginning the middle
Seed: Early in the month sow beets,
looseleaf lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower,
endive, spinach, kale, kohlrabi, onions, parsnips, radishes and turnips. Spinach and endive can be sown all
Starts: Also after the 15,
for fall harvest plant, lettuce, snow peas, cauliflower, and broccoli. Also plant those overwintering onions in mid
Collards, Mesclun Greens and Spinach can go in early September.
Water- Water deep, but
infrequently. To save water and place if
where in is needed install a drip or micro spray irrigation system. We have drip irrigation components from
Dig-Corp and expert advice on design and installation.
Weeds- Get ‘em before they go to