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 too.

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

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

Turn the compost in your compost bins every month to keep it well.

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

Prevent slugs attacking your young plants by using slug control.

Top Tip:

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

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