August 24, 2015 In Hints & Tips, Home and Garden, Kitchen Garden, Lawn care, Ornamental Garden, Pruning Tips, Roses, Uncategorized, What to do
What to do in the garden in August
August is the time when your garden
is at it’s beautiful peak ….
….and hopefully you’ve got the leisure time to enjoy it to the full.
Keep things looking tip-top with our jobs to do this month.
- Neaten bed edges with a sharp edging iron followed up with the edging shears for a pleasingly tidy finish.
- Top up water baths for wild birds and clean them regularly with mild disinfectant to keep disease at bay
- Focus on your lawn, digging out weeds or applying herbicide.
- Prune rambling roses as soon as they’ve stopped flowering, pruning side-shoots back to one or two buds and removing the oldest stems at the base.
- Trim lavender once flowers have faded, snipping foliage back into neat hummocks.
- Protect dahlias from earwigs with traps made out of flowerpots stuffed with straw and upended on canes.
- Leave some courgettes to become marrows so you can ripen them in the sun to store somewhere cool and dry – they’ll keep for months.
- Collect coriander seed to use crushed into curries as a spicy flavouring, or to save in paper bags ready to sow next year.
- Sow lettuces in pots in the cold frame so you can just drop them in to gaps as they appear to keep the crops coming.