Looking After Your Lawn And Greenhouse This August

Don’t worry if your lawn is looking brown, the autumn rains will soon make it green again.

Check plants daily and water them if the soil is dry.

Lawn growth slows down in late summer so raise the cutting height or your lawn mower to help the grass cope.

Damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity and deter red spider mites.

Open vents and doors on warm days.

If you’re planning on laying a new lawn this autumn, prepare that area now to give it time to settle.

Recut any lawn edges. Install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.

Use blinds or apply shade paint to prevent the greenhouse from overheating in sunny weather.

If your lawn is infested by ants, brush out the nests on a dry day.

Top Tip:

Don’t feed your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertiliser now as this will encourage lots of lush new growth which is easily damaged by autumn weather.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Keep ponds and water features topped up.
  • Watering - particularly containers and new plants, preferably with recycled water or stored rainwater.
  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
  • Don't delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms.
  • Harvest vegetables regularly as they become ready to promote new growth.