• August: Revitalize Perennials

    Cut back the straggly and tattered foliage of early bloomers such as Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Brunnera and hardy geraniums. New foliage will appear and the plants will look fresh and revitalized.

  • August: Repair the Lawn

    Late in August, you can thicken up a lawn that has become thin or damaged. Add a layer of compost or topsoil; then overseed at double the seeding rate for establishing a new lawn. Keep the overseeded area moist until seedlings are established.

  • August: Container Gardens and Extreme Heat

    Your containers will have required extra watering during the recent extreme heat.  Give them an extra feeding and top dress the growing medium with some compost to compensate for the minerals that will have leached out.  On really hot days, offer containers that can’t be moved to a cooler spot, some relief by propping an open umbrella over them.

     

  • Late July: Feeding Roses

    Don’t feed your roses after the end of July so that the growth can slow down before the weather turns cold.

  • July: Seed for Fall Crops

    Mid-month, sow lettuce, radishes, and arugula for the fall crop. Carrots seeded by mid-July will keep in the ground well after the snow flies.

  • July: Clean Up After Harvesting Fruits

    Remove old raspberry canes and trim back strawberry plants after fruiting.

  • July: Encourage Fall Blooms

    Pinch back Chrysanthemums and Fall Asters for to encourage more branching and more blooms.

  • July: Crusted Soil

    Heavy summer rains can cause bare garden soil to form a crust.  Lightly scratch the soil with a long-handled cultivator to loosen the soil and allow air and moisture to penetrate.  Mulch can become matted and should be loosened as well.

  • July: Delphiniums

    Cut delphiniums down to the ground (or new basal growth) when they have finished blooming.  Feed them with a liquid organic fertilizer at this time to encourage a second bloom period.

  • July: Moisture + Heat

    The combination of lots of moisture followed by heat will cause weed and flower seeds to germinate quickly and prolifically.  Pull the weeds and unwanted seedlings when they appear.  The garden will look tidier for your effort and the unwanted seedlings won’t be taking nutrients away from your plants.