Everything You Need to Do in The Garden This August

by - Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Whilst gardening may be an all year around job, there are certain parts of the year that require more work than others. August is a time when you can see a garden for what it really is, whether you fail to water your plants frequently or you avoid weeding at all costs, you’ll start to see this very clearly towards the end of summer. In order to keep your garden beautiful and bright all year round, the following jobs need to be ticked off your to-do list before the autumn comes.

Manage Your Projects 
Throughout the year, you often find yourself undertaking different projects within the garden. From planting perennials, to growing your own fruit and veg and August is the time of the year that you need to focus on these projects the most. First of all, focus on your fruit and vegetables. Make sure you’re watering them frequently, especially through the warmer periods of the month, as you don’t want them to dry out. Depending on the fruit and veg that you are growing, try to pick them regularly, as soon as you feel they look fit to eat, as this will encourage them to produce more flowers and the cycle will begin again. The last thing you want is for your fruit or veg to reach the rotting stage, as this can have a negative impact on the rest of your crops.  

Keep Your Flowers Blooming
When it comes to your perennials, you need to try and keep them looking as fresh and bright as possible, which is done by plenty of watering and weed picking. If you notice any nasty weeds positioning themselves in between your beautiful perennials, try to remove them from the area as soon as possible, before they affect the growth of your plants. Once your perennials have started to wilt and die, it’s important to remove any dead stems and deadhead the flower to ensure they have the chance to rebloom again in the future. If you leave the dead stems in the ground, you’ll eventually end up with a messy looking flower patch that will make your garden look messy and unpleasant.

Maintain Each Feature 
If your garden is made up of lots of specific garden features, such as fencing, hedges, garden furniture or even a water feature, you need to set aside some time to maintain these before the autumn/winter months arrive. Starting with your fencing, which can experience a lot of wear and tear over the years. Give your fencing a thorough check, making sure there are no missing panels, broken patches or even just to ensure the colour is consistent and dark. If you feel like your fencing requires a little TLC, you can visit places like Milfords Building Supplies for some expert advice, or even just to pick up the products that you need to help you with your next task. When it comes to the hedging, you need to focus on trimming back and checking for any weeds, as these can spread like wildfire if you’re not too careful. Once you’re happy with the height and condition of your hedge, you can focus on the rest of your garden. It’s always really beneficial to maintain the features in your garden in August, as the moment the bad weather arrives you’ll find you have no chance to get out there and do what you need to do.

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