Other Jobs Around The Garden This August

Use a hedge trimmer to give your hedges a final trim before they stop growing.

Use water butts as much as you can to water your plants. Recycle your water inside the house, collect washing up water in a bucket outside for watering beds and lawns.

Scoop floating weed and algae from ponds.

Plant floating pond plants, such as water lilies, in still water away from splashing fountains.

Remove rampant pond plants like bulrushes or irses before they go to seed and make the problem worse.

Turn the compost in you compost bins every month to keep it well aerated and to speed up decomposition.

Now is a good time of year to treat lawn chafers and letherjackets with nematodes

Prevent slugs attacking your young plants by using slug control.

Keep and eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.

Top Tip:

Water plants thoroughly when needed, instead of small amounts every day. Thorough watering supports plants for up to 14 days, while merly wetting the surface wastes water, encourages weeds and can lead to surface rooting making the plants more vulnerable.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
  • Keep ponds and water features topped up.
  • Watering - particularly conatiners and new plants, preferably with recycled water or stored rainwater.
  • Harvest vegetables regularly as they become ready to promote new growth.