August Lawn & Garden Tips
In the Garden
- Dead-Head for Continuous Blooms. Continue to remove faded blooms on annuals such as geraniums, marigolds, petunias, salvia, verbena and zinnias. Doing so will keep the plants blooming and not going to seed.
- Rejuvenate Annuals. By this point in the summer, some annuals may have become spindly or leggy. It is a good time to pinch or trim them back by as much as ½ their current height. They will soon begin to leaf out, look thicker and start to bloom again.
- Clean the Crape Myrtles. Remove spent flowers as they occur and you may be rewarded with a second crop of blooms.
- Bag those Worms. Look for hungry bagworms on trees and evergreens. To control these caterpillars and prevent them from defoliating the plants, remove them by hand or spray with an appropriate insecticide.
- Water Wisely. Plants setting berries like pyracantha or hollies and plants setting flower buds for next year’s blooms, like azaleas and camellias will benefit from a little extra water. Most established plants need about one inch of water per week to perform at their best. Water just until you see run off between 6-10am.
- Mound Up the Mulch. Make sure all planting areas have a two-inch layer of mulch. Mulches help to regulate soil temperature, conserve moisture in the soil and prevent weed development.
In the House
- Cut Flowers. Stroll through your garden and cut foliage and blooms to make fresh-cut flower arrangements.
- Water While You’re Away. Add SoilMoist to pots. The granules absorb water and release it as needed.
- Feeding Time. Continue feeding your houseplants monthly.
For the Lawn
- Leave the Clippings. Leave grass clippings on your lawn. As they deteriorate, they fertilize your turf.
- Mow In the PM. Mowing at this time of day puts less stress on your grass (and you). The grass is dry and temperatures are cooler.
- Stop Lawn Invasion. Keep your lawn edged so grasses like bermuda don’t invade your planting sites.
- Watch for Fire Ant Mounds. Apply a fire ant killer as soon as you spot the hill to eliminate them until winter.
For the Birds
- Keep ‘Em Full. Keep birdbaths clean and full.
- Squirrel’s Be Gone. Keep the squirrels away from feeders by using a Cajun or hot seed mix. The birds can’t taste the heat but the squirrels won’t eat it. Also try the Droll Yankees Flipper Feeder.
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