August Gardening Jobs
August is the time to enjoy the garden. There are less jobs to do, but here are some ideas if you want to get in the garden.
Think about pruning wisteria. Cut back any whippy shoots from this years growth to five or six leaves after the flower. This will stop the plant expanding into parts of the house you don't want it!
Dead head flowers as they finish. This will encourage new growth and will keep the plant looking tidy. Perennials can be cut back as they finish.
Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. Remove diseased leaves from plants and do not put them on your compost heap. With all the wet weather some of us have been getting, the slug population will be expanding, so be vigilant, or use slug pellets around susceptible plants.
Harvest the bounty from your garden - flowers, tomatoes, corn, potatoes and many others are in abundance now. Picking fruit/vege regularly encourages more fruit, so do this regularly. If your tomatoes are slow to ripen, remove any leaves that are shading them to let the light in - just leave some on the plant!
Feed the lawn after it has been cut with aftercut to keep it in top notch form.
Relax and enjoy the garden!