August Gardening Tips
By admin / August 1, 2014.
August gardening tips are provided by John Morgan, Horticultural Category Manager at Van Hage
- Many hedges are best pruned by the end of the month
Beds and borders
- Remove faded blooms of annual and perennial plants
- As Rose petals fade remove the flowering stem
- Support and tie up climbing and tall growing plants
- Mow weekly and trim the edges
- Liquid lawn food will give a quick green up
- Use lawn weed killers on problem patches
- Sow grass seed on bare patches
- Protect ripening fruit from the birds with netting
- Pick and enjoy fruit as soon as they ripen
- Support and tie in new growth on raspberry and blackberry
- The weekly removal of faded blooms will encourage more flowers
- Water and feed all containers and hanging baskets
- Feed and water when needed, all bedding planted in the ground
- If all the rain has spoilt some plants, buy a few more to refresh containers
- Pick crops as they mature
- Continue to sow small batches of quickly maturing crops such as Radish
- Plant potato tubers to harvest before the first winter frosts
- Support and tie in new growth, such as runner beans
- Increase the watering, feeding and ventilating of any greenhouse crops, such as Tomatoes. Such plants will also need to be supported and tie up.
- The summer months mean that most indoor plants will need more water
- Feed regularly
- Move some plants away from the hottest south facing window
- Remove any faded blooms
- Hoe or use a weed killer, ask for advice if help is needed for the best treatment, a sample in a plastic bag or a photo makes identification easier.
Pest and disease
- The summer is always the time of year when the garden comes under attack, organic and chemical methods are available, ask for advice if help is needed for the best treatment, a sample in a plastic bag or a photo makes identification easier.
- The hose pipe ban has been lifted. Gardeners will be able to use hose pipes in the normal way as the need to water occurs, especially during the holiday season