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August Gardening Tasks

No matter what time of year it is, there is always something you can do in the garden, whether it be pruning, tidying or sowing. Here are our August gardening tasks to keep your green fingers busy!

Timely August Gardening Tasks

In the high heat of summer, you may find that bird baths will evaporate quickly or will become full of algae. Remember to keep an eye on this and clean them out regularly to help birds in the heat.

In the Flower Garden

Keep Camellias and Rhododendrons well-watered to ensure that next year’s buds develop well. Do the same for container plants and feed them with a liquid fertiliser every fortnight. Stake tall or top-heavy Dahlias and Lilies to prevent wind and rain damage. Bedding and Perennial Plants should be dead-headed to prevent self-seeding and to encourage further growth in the autumn.

Cut back faded perennials to keep borders tidy. Also, cut back Penstemon flowers just above the leaf as they fade. This will encourage more flowers. Herbs will need cutting back to encourage a new flush of tasty leaves that you can harvest before the frost.

Once summer flowering shrubs have finished blooming, be sure to prune them. Lavender will need pruning once flowered. This will keep them compact. Any ripened seeds should be stored for next year but leave some seed heads in place as it allows the plant to self-seed in the surrounding soil. Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they have finished flowering unless, of course, they are repeat-flowerers.

Now would be a good time to spray ground elder and other perennial weeds with a glyphosate-based weed killer as the plant has lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for symptoms of Clematis Wilt. If you see any wilting leaves or black discolouration on your Clematis, be sure to cut it out and dispose of it in your household waste.

In the Greenhouse

As we have previously mentioned, you should use blinds to prevent overheating. Check the plants on a daily basis and ensure the soil is never dry by keeping them well watered. You can also damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity and deter red spider mites. Be sure to open vents and doors on warm days. Sticky traps are ideal for catching pests and can help determine which pest control you are most likely to need. Finally, fallen leaves and flowers should be tidied up to discourage disease.

Other Jobs

Hedges can receive a final trim now before they stop growing.

Instead of watering plants every day, water them thoroughly as and when they need it. Though watering supports plants for up to 14 days, if you were to water every day, you would simply be wetting the surface and encouraging weeds.

Rainwater is valuable. Use water butts as much as you can and use the water collected to keep your plants watered. Also, remember to scoop floating weed and algae from ponds. Some products, such as pond wizard, are wonderful for clearing up the pond effectively. Remove rampant bulrushes or irises from your pond before they go into seed and worsen the problem.

Look for aphids on the underside of leaves. You can rub them off by hand or you can spray them with an insecticide to prevent multiplication. Alternatively, try a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae. Watch out for scarlet lily beetles on lilies. If you see any, remove them and crush them. Also, keep an eye out for sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves. As for paved areas, you can simply kill weeds within a few days by using boiling water.

From your Chair

You can make rough sketches of flower borders and vegetable plots to help yourself plan for next year. You should also take photos of the garden as a reference point. This will help you if you are considering rearranging it in winter. A reference point makes this much easier. You should also think about the bulbs you would like for next spring as now if the time to order for autumn planting. Don’t forget to order perennial plants in time for autumn.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

When you are ready to restock for the upcoming seasons, be sure to get in touch with Ladybrook Nursery. We home 13 acres of plants for all seasons and you can find a list of them in our stocklist. For more information, contact Ladybrook Nursery today.

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