August

  • There is no better time to sow grass seed than in the period between August 15th and October 15th. This applies to Fescue, Bluegrass, and Ryegrass, some of the most common turf-grasses in our area.
  • Time to stop fertilizing: Roses should be fertilized regularly throughout the summer to produce a steady supply of flowers. Six weeks before the first frost of autumn is the time to quit fertilizing. This gives the roses a chance to wind down and harden off as the days get shorter and colder. August 15th is usually recommended as the last day to use granular fertilizers such as 10-10-10 on roses.
  • Don’t be tempted to pinch Chrysanthemum blooms now….wait for their beautiful fall foliage! But do fertilize them weekly, until buds start to show.
  • Plant fall blooming bulbs.
  • Prune overgrown shrubs.
  • Continue to weed in bed areas either by spraying or by hand, as necessary. If hand-weeding, it is easier when the soil is damp. Try to get to weeds before they seed…if not your problem will multiply!
  • Continue to fertilize annuals, but cut back to every 14 days to once a month with liquid fertilizer.
  • Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”. This helps the soil retain moisture during dry weather.
  • Continue to monitor plant material for insects & disease damage. Treat as needed, following label instructions.
  • Continue to water plant material, especially newly installed landscapes (if no significant rainfall). The best time to water is first thing in the morning, the plant makes best use of the water at this time of day. Also, it helps prevent rot & fungus.
  • Continue to edge bed & turf areas.
  • Continue mowing routine. Be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out.
  • Continue to spot spray lawn for weeds with appropriate herbicide. Follow label instructions.
  • Continue to deadhead annuals & perennials, especially Buddlea/Butterfly Bush to encourage additional blooming. Go ahead & pull up any old, weak or dead annuals.
  • Continue to provide food & water for our feathered friends. Remember to keep hummingbird solution fresh. Put up hummingbird feeders at the end of the month. This will help encourage hummingbirds to go on & head south for winter!
  • This is a great month to de-thatch and/or aerate your lawn for a jump start on fall lawn maintenance.
  • Continue to monitor plant material for insects & disease damage. Treat as needed, following label instructions.
  • Remember to dump any standing water to prevent breeding mosquitoes.
  • Prune Wisteria for the last time.
  • Prune water sprouts from fruit trees.
  • Train & trim espaliers & topiaries for the last time.
  • Check plant ties that may be strangling branches.
  • Continue to add to & turn compost pile. Remember to use only healthy plant cuttings in compost pile.
  • Let Reliable Landscaping help you with proper planning for your winter garden or landscape.