Each month has its list of specialized landscaping chores, and August’s includes ample watering and fertilizing, along with a host of others.
The heat of August, especially in the Intermountain West, often means more watering for your lawn and plants. During a dry spell, your landscaping may need watering twice a day. Be careful though, especially in flower beds, that the water doesn’t simply run off rather than sink in. Water lightly, but thoroughly.
Keep an eye especially on new trees or shrubs. Like babies of any species, they are not as hardy and will succumb more quickly to extreme conditions. Make sure you give them extra water and extra attention.
And don’t forget the fertilizer. Fertilizing isn’t just once a season — you need to do it regularly. When the weather is dry and you have to water more often, nutrients in the soil get washed away, and you need to replace these with a good-quality fertilizer for your landscaping.
While fertilizer can be good during a hot spell, weed killer should be used sparingly on dry or brown lawns, or even healthy lawns if it’s over 90 degrees. Wait until conditions are more favorable, and if you mow your lawn, keep the blade high to avoid burning the grass out further.
For a more beautiful lawn come spring, aerate the soil and overseed.
When you’re out there in the garden with the hose, prune any dying blooms or leaves. This keeps your plants producing flowers longer, and keeps insects and fungus at bay.
Spring perennials should be divided now that their blooms won’t be affected. If you’re a faithful divider and you’re running out of room, consider giving some to friends or neighbors. Spread the beauty around!
Start thinking about the next growing season. Soon it will be time to plant asters, marigolds, mums and flowering cabbage. If you keep a vegetable garden, now’s the time to plant carrots, beets and kale. Lettuces will do better too as well as the temperatures continue to drop. Plan to order spring bulbs to plant in fall, like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
Prune flowering bushes and shrubs like azaleas soon — if you wait too long for this chore, these plants may begin preparing for next year’s bloom, which would be lost to your shears! Avoid fertilizing these bushes and shrub too — now is not the time you want to encourage them to sprout new shoots.
Love Your Landscaping
Gardening enthusiasts love chores like this. They don their crocs, hats and gloves and set out to putter around for hours, pinching off dead blossoms, pulling offending weeds and lopping off branches.
If this is not you, give Earthworks Landscaping a call. We can get your yard and gardens prepared for the fall weather. Our experts can take the worry out of tending to your landscaping, so all you have to do is enjoy the scenery!