August

Our top tips and advice for this month:

  1. Be sure to deadhead flowering plants like rose and petunias regularly to encourage them to flower. Don't forget to check the label - varieties like Calibrachoa and Petchoa don't need deadheading as they continuously flower and maintain themselves.

  2. Even if it rains often pots and hanging baskets don't get enough water as foliage acts like an umbrella, so keep checking on them to ensure they are moist. Use Aquasolo holiday watering canes if you are going on holiday.  When it gets hot, don't let your plants get thirsty through the August heat. Keep up regular watering, particularly for containers and new plants. Stored up rainwater is normally best if you have a water butt.

  3. Don't forget about your hanging baskets. If you water, deadhead and feed them regularly they will last much longer, even into the autumn. If there is a real heat wave your summer baskets may need watering twice a day as well.

  4. Feed your baskets and containers regularly with Miracle Gro or Baby Bio Outdoors to encourage flowers to bloom into early autumn. In the height of summer feed once a week with a liquid feed.

  5. Give herbs and lavender a light prune after flowering. Cut back any perennials that have already finished for the year. On a nice day it can be relaxing to have a little tidy up trim in the garden, and trimming might also encourage a second flower flush.

  6. If your garden is suffering from weeds, it is best to tackle them whilst they are in a stage of active growth. So apply your weed killer now and zap those weeds! If you prefer to pull up the weeds by hand wait until after a summer shower when the soil is moist as the weeds are easier to pull, or use a hoe.

  7. Spray Provanto (or set traps with upturned pots loosely stuffed with hay) to stop earwig damage to Dahlia blooms.  If you see any bright green, heavily armoured insects on your plants, they are harmless shieldbugs. They do not require any controlling so you can allow them to continue on their merry way.

  8. Dry weather gives you time to paint garden fences, sheds, and other wood with a preservative. Do it now to protect them over the winter and make them last longer.

  9. Clean your patio, terrace, or other garden surfaces with Patio Cleaner and treat decks with decking stain. Ensure that any moss and algae is cleared off. You do not want to leave this there for the winter as it can get really slippery when wet.

  10. Although maintaining the garden can be enjoyable, make sure you schedule some me-time too!  When the weather is good, invite friends or family over for a chilled out barbecue or for drinks, or relax on some new garden furniture with a good book or magazine. 

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