Tuesday, July 24, 2007

August Garden Chores

  • Mow tall fescue lawns to 2 ½ to 3 inch height. Research has shown that mowing to the proper height will help control weeds.
  • Begin treating for Japanese beetle grubs in August to reduce next year’s pest levels.
  • Allow grass clippings to fall on the ground, they add nutrients to the soil.
  • Do NOT prune spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons now, their buds have formed for next spring.
  • Do NOT fertilize shrubs in August, September, October or November.
  • Root prune any large shrubs that will be transplanted in November. See enclosed article about root pruning for more information.
  • Continue to spray tomatoes with fungicide to prevent blight diseases.
  • Remember to water tender vegetable plants through these dry months with a minimum of 1 inch of water per week.
  • Consider taking your soil samples now, there turn around for results is only about 1 week.
  • This is perfect for timing fall lime applications.
  • Most garden chores are best done in the early morning or early evening when the heat index is lower.

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