August Gardening To-Dos

In the Garden

  • Water, weed and spread fresh organic compost.
  • Perform summer pruning on trees and shrubs by mid-August.
  • Divide iris and early poppies.
  • Lightly prune Japanese maples.
  • Bait for slugs and monitor for diseases and pests.

Fruits & Veggies

  • Fertilize and water strawberry plants after harvest.
  • Pull finished crops, replenish soil with fresh organic compost and replant.
  • Sow fall beets, spinach and turnips in the first week of September.
  • Plant July-sown crops.
  • Keep planting successive leaf lettuce, radishes, overwintering spinach and Swiss chard all month.
  • Transplant fall vegetable starts, including lettuce, cabbage, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

In the Lawn

  • Water and mow to about 2” – 2.5”.
  • Survey the lawn, planning which areas need fall renovation.
  • Eliminate lawns on steep slopes and replace with soil stabilizing evergreen ground covers.

Around the House

  • Enjoy time on the deck and patio with your flowering containers and surrounding garden.
  • Gather family and friends and grill up your garden veggies.
  • Purchase spring-blooming bulbs towards the end of the month.
  • Visit farmers’ markets and u-pick farms and prepare the extra bounty for your freezer to enjoy a bite of summer during winter.
  • Continue indoor plant care. Mist leaves and water.