August is a great month for gardens! Check out these tips and things to look out for this month from the folks at Better Homes & Gardens and let me know in the comments if you have any gardening tips we missed.
Good Chives Only: August Gardening Tips
Weekly deep watering is very important this time of year. It is key for certain shrubs and trees, especially rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias. Plants that offer winter berries also need consistent moisture. If they get to too dry, the immature berries may fall.
For your roses, prepare for fall flowering by cutting them back by about one-third and prune any dead stems. Roses need to be watered about once a week.
The best time of day to water is in the early morning or early evening. If you notice some of your plants wilting, do not panic. Many plants wilt under intense heat but in the evening they should be back to normal. If they are not, water the plants deeply.
If you are using any pesticides, water plants a few hours before you spray any chemicals.
Avoid mowing a dry lawn, which places grass under great stress. Wait to mow until after irrigation or rain.
Mexican bush sage, dahlia, ornamental grasses, and garden mums all put on quite a show in August! If you have any of these growing in your backyard, be sure to keep an eye on them this month for a seasonal show.
Don’t Kale My Vibe: Don’t Forget About Your Veggies
Now is the time to plant fall vegetable crops. Sow seeds of greens, like lettuce, spinach, mustard, and turnips, along with beets and English peas.
For your current vegetables, you should have a lot to harvest this month. However, high temperatures can cause some seeds to stop producing. Be patient, keep watering, and wait for cooler temperatures when production most likely will resume.
Wildflowers to Plant in August
Late summer is the time to sow wildflower seeds of bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, Drummond phlox, coreopsis, and Gaillardia
For more August gardening tips for the south, visit BHG.com.
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