August Gardening Tips
Below are just a few tips for the month of August. If you have questions, please call our Master Gardener℠ volunteer hotline at 338-3954 on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.
- Feed with a complete fertilizer. Remove spent blooms, hips, and any dead canes. A good time for stem cuttings.
- Do not prune or fertilize trees or shrubs after the 15th to prevent any new growth that may not have time to harden off before frost.
- Later this month put in new plants of peas, beets, kale, cauliflower, and cabbage.
- Seed or transplant leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach, squash, and turnips.
- Sow seeds of bush, pole, and lima beans plus cucumbers.
- Cloves of garlic for harvesting early next summer.
- Divide and transplant iris and daylilies.
- Deadhead crape myrtles.
- Cut cannas back to about 3”.
- Shear back old petunia blooms and they should rebloom.
- Be sure to water strawberries and blueberries each week plus fertilize them as good cell growth will determine next year’s berry size.
- Fertilize basil with liquid fertilizer.
- Keep annuals deadheaded for continuous blooms.