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Monthly Garden 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 of August.
 
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 month. 
 
Starts: Also after the 15, for fall harvest plant, lettuce, snow peas, cauliflower, and broccoli.  Also plant those overwintering onions in mid August. 
Kale, 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 seed!