August is the hot, dry month before fall starts to set in and there are a few things you need to be aware of with the end of this month.
Yard – Since it is so hot and usually dry, from August through September, do not mow any shorter than two inches to avoid burning and killing your grass. In fact, if you haven’t had much rain at all, don’t mow for a couple of weeks. This will give it time to be a bit stronger before you mow it down again. Also, in August, it’s the last time to trim your evergreen shrubs, trees and hedges. If you prune them later, the new growth they might send out may not harden in time for the freezing weather that is coming and it may be killed because of the cold. If you have a crepe myrtle bush, if you cut off the green pods, you can encourage a second bloom in September.
Garden – In your garden, it’s time to finish out harvesting as much as you can. Get the last big growth from your herbs and veggies and if some are already done, go ahead and get them out of the garden. When everything is done for this season finish cleaning up the garden and prep the dirt for any fall planting you may do for some winter vegetables.
Plant – As I mentioned above, now is the time to work on planting your winter plants and flowers. Check to see if you are planting bulbs for the spring, what is the best time to get them in the ground and prep your pots for some fall floras, too. It’s also that time of year when mums are planted everywhere, so be sure to get yours ready to go in the ground or pot as well!
Those of you who are avid gardeners may have some more tips and chores you need to do in August that aren’t mentioned here. Be sure to plan those things as well, so that you will have a successful end of this growing season and be ready for the next!–Jen Lush