We can’t believe it is already August! It feels as if we we’re just welcoming in July, and here we are heading into the end of summer. August is typically a maintenance month for landscapers and gardeners, ensuring your landscape is well watered and weed free is essential. Below are a few of our favorite August landscaping tips.
- Prune or shear your ground cover. Boxwoods, juniper, laurel and other ground cover will have little to no growth for the remainder of the year.
- Have a tree blocking your view? Now is a good time to prune and thin, as there will be little to no growth for the remainder of the year.
- Continue to deadhead annuals for more blooms.
- If you have iris or daylilies growing, August is the best month to divide them. Dividing every 3-5 years is essential, when you do not divide blooming will diminish significantly.
- Keep an eye on the edges of your lawn. Sections of lawns that border driveways and sidewalks may need more water than open areas, due to the added heat of concrete. If you notice your edges browning make appropriate adjustments to your irrigation system.
- Container gardens will require fertilizer this month. One handful of fertilizer is equivalent to one tablespoon. Additionally, containers may require watering twice a day this month during hot and windy conditions.
- Looking for more colors to carry you into the fall? Plant your fall perennials towards the end of the month.
- Shrubs require one deep watering once a week this month.