August is the peak of summer making it one of the hottest months. Watering in the garden is a top priority. Using grey water or ideally rain water from a water butt is not only good for water conservation but also much better for plants. With holiday season in full swing, August is a good opportunity to sit back and relax, enjoying the glorious delights of the garden.
What To Do Now
Water lawns regularly and deeply during august. If you live in an area with water restrictions, there are ways to keep your lawn healthy. Grass goes into a dormant state during times of drought and bounces back to life when the autumn rains come. If you don’t mind a slightly messy lawn, allow the grass to grow taller. Taller grass keeps the roots cool and helps to retain moisture in the soil. With this method, your lawn can be reduced to watering once a month.
Beds and borders
- Continue to deadhead perennials and shrub flowers to reduce the chance of plants going to seed and encourage further flowering.
- Spring flowering perennials can be divided and transplanted.
- Prune and deadhead roses, removing damaged stems and stems infected with black spot.
- Prune Wisteria.
- Collect seeds from plants and flowers for next year.
- Water beds, containers and particularly hanging baskets.
- Harvest August garden crops.
- Plant out seeds of autumn and winter vegetables.
- Give fruit trees their summer prune.
- Collect seeds for next year.
- Keep watering regularly, ideally with rainwater.
Weeds and pests
- Black spot on roses is common this time of year. Remove damaged and fallen leaves.
- Powdery mildew can be a problem in hot, dry weather.
- Keep on top of weeds in the garden pulling them up before they have the chance to go to seed.
Water the garden and crops regularly, ideally with grey water or rainwater. Remember that the birds and insects need water in this hot, dry month also.