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August Gardening Essentials - Herbs & Vegetables

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

Herbs and Vegetables

Water crops during dry weather.

Harvest crops regularly and promptly so as to enjoy the biggest, tastiest and most tender meals possible.

Hoe off weeds between rows regularly.

Remove side shoots from tomatoes.

August Gardening Essentials - Lawn

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

The Lawn

Mow the lawn as necessary keeping the cut quite high if the weather is dry.

Keep relatively new lawns watered during dry weather.

August Gardening Essentials - Trees & Shrubs

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

Trees, Shrubs and Climbers

Water as necessary concentrating on newer plantings.

Keep weeds down to minimise competition.

Collect fallen diseased leaves from beneath trees, shrubs and climbers.

Deadhead roses and lavenders.

Prune rambler roses as soon as flowering is over.

Finish summer pruning wisterias.

Gardening Year - August

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

With temperatures likely to be high and rainfall low this is often deemed to be the holiday month, the time to put your feet up and recuperate for a week or two.

Well, the great thing is that if an annual break means leaving the garden to its own devices then August is a relatively good month to do so. Watering trends tend to be fairly time consuming and if there are crops to harvest you may well need to get someone to do both these jobs for you but apart from that growth often slows up somewhat so smeaking off for a while should not be too much of a problem.

If this is a month when you have to stay at home and enjoy sitting out on your garden or patio furniture then August is usually great for this too, with plenty of colourful flowers and a good supply of home grown crops too. A little bit of casual pottering around in the garden is pure pleasure so it pays to keep up with deadheading, the odd bit of pest control, some routine weeding and of course mowing the lawn while surrounded by a good looking garden and with any luck some sunshine.

Gardening Year - July

By admin On July 28, 2008 No Comments

July is when your garden is likely to be looking at its best with wonderfully colourful displays in flower borders, pots and containers. If you have managed to squeeze in a few vegetables, many of these should now be cropping heavily. As the weather is generally a good deal warmer now and days are longer there are many opportunities to enjoy your garden, sitting out on your garden furniture with a glass of wine and relaxing in the late afternoons and early evenings.

You might think this to mean that there is also a lot of work to do but to be honest this is not one of the most time consuming months in the garden, which is great because it means you have all the more time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. However, if you want to keep the garden looking as good as it can for as long as possible, you still need to carry out a fair amount of maintenance work and to keep your eye on plants and their problems, just in case anything tries to get out of hand.