What to do in the garden in August

What to do in the garden in August

General tasks and General Garden Maintenance

The most important thing this month is to enjoy your garden; heady scents, glorious colours, an abundance of fruits and vegetables and hopefully more sunshine. What could be more enjoyable and satisfying than surveying the results of your hard work throughout the year? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Gardening Tips and Tricks for August.

Watering

Remember to water and feed your plants regularly, especially those in hanging baskets, pots or containers as well as climbers and roses growing against a sunny wall. Many a plant will not recover from a drought, so water regularly and do not resort to feast and famine.

Water hydrangeas with hydrangea colourant for true blue hydrangeas next year.

If possible, set up an automatic Watering Plants system for your vegetable plot, borders and even containers. They are worth their weight in gold and can work on a sensor system that detects how dry the soil is. Once you have one you will wonder why you did not install one years ago. Going on holiday will no longer involve wondering if your precious plants will survive a dry spell or paying someone else to hold a hose!

If it stays warm and dry, water saving strategies include using bathwater and washing up water, provided they are neither too dirty or oily.
Keep your pond topped up, free of pond weed and clean – green algae can be toxic to pets.

Weeding

Boring but vital. Keep on top of weeds in borders, the vegetable garden and all your pots and containers. Little and often will reduce what will become a Herculean task if left to spiral out of control.

Weeds not only look messy but use valuable moisture in the ground. The best and easiest way to weed is to use a Dutch hoe which will cut the weeds just below the surface. Weeding on a sunny day will ensure weeds left on the surface dry out and die in the warmth.

What to do in the garden in May

As we go into May we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden this month.

To begin our Gardening Tips, we are going going to discuss Penstemons. They are a traditional favourite for cottage garden borders however, if you own Penstemons you should be starting to prune them now. To begin with, cut back the old shoots to the base of the plant but only if there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there is no new growth then cut just above the lowest shoots.

For your plants in containers you will need to feed them a balanced liquid feed to help them grow healthy. This should be done every two to four weeks for them to grow efficiently.

Hardy annuals can be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year; they also need to be thinned out. Half hardy plants need to be hardened off by leaving them outside during the day however; they need to be covered up at night. This process should be repeated for up to 10 days before they can planted outdoors.

A few ideas for your family garden

When designing the family garden, don’t be afraid to try something new. Throughout this blog we are going to look into ideas which you add to your family garden.

Design interesting spaces and unique areas to sit, hidden areas where the children can discover and hide in. Plants which have significant shape to their leaves would be great addition!

Sedum spectabile (Herbstfreude) is a classic and a favourite flower which blooms from the middle of to the end of summer. The plant has a tendency to collapse towards the middle which can be dealt with by pruning through the Chelsea chop method.

Hardy annual plants such as Eschscholzia look weirdly beautiful and give more colour to your garden. Eschscholzia is a flower which not only makes appearances in the summer but it also grows in the spring & autumn.

Possibly one of the easiest plants to have in the family garden is a Lathraea flower. The Lathraea flower doesn’t need any maintenance at all! It is a wonderful fashionable plant, with a purple / pink colour it would liven up your garden brilliantly in the summer!

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