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.

CLIMBING
Don Juan
Golden Opportunity
Iceberg
Joseph's Coat 

DAVID AUSTIN (available in March)
Bonica
Claire Austin
Desdemona
Eustacia Vye
Gabriel Oak
Gertrude Jekyll
Golden Celebration
Olivia Rose Austin
Roald Dahl
Scepter’d Isle
Silas Marner
Teasing Georgia
The Generous Gardener
The Lark Ascending
The Poet's Wife

FLORIBUNDA
Angel Face
Chihuly
Ebb Tide
Hot Cocoa
Julia Child
Livin' Easy
Morning Glow
Sunsprite
Trumpeter 

GRANDIFLORA
Love
Queen Elizabeth
Uptown Girl

GROUNDCOVER
Flower Carpet Coral
Flower Carpet Pink
Flower Carpet Red

HYBRID TEA
Chantilly Cream
Double Delight
Fragrant Cloud
Heavenly Scented
Honor
Just Joey
Mister Lincoln
New Zealand
Perfume Factory
Sugar Moon
Touch Of Class
Veteran's Honor

MINIATURE
Gourmet Popcorn 
Lemon Drop
Midnight Fire
Ruby Ruby 

SHRUB
Blanc Double De Coubert
Bonica
Champagne Wishes
Coral Cove
Double Knockout
Head Over Heels
High Voltage
Kamir
Love & Peace
Oscar Peterson
Sally Holmes
Snowdrift
Sultry Night
Sweet Fragrance

Yellow Submarine

 BOLD = New for 2023