What to do in your garden in August

The last official month of summer is the perfect time to enjoy your garden while it’s still at its best. Children are on school holiday, lawns are in full use, and there’s plenty of delicious fruit and veg to fill your dinner plate.

Top 10 recommended things to do by *rhs.org.uk:

  • Prune Wisteria
  • Don’t delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms
  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly
  • Watering! - particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater
  • Collect seed from garden plants
  • Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready
  • Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries
  • Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners
  • Keep ponds and water features topped up
  • Feed the soil with green manures

 

Here’s how to look after your grass this month:

  • Don't worry if your lawn is looking brown, the autumn rains will soon make it green again.
  • Don't feed your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertiliser now as this will encourage lots of lush new growth which is easily damaged by autumn weather.
  • Lawn growth slows down in late summer so raise the cutting height of your lawn mower to help the grass cope.
  • If you're planning on laying a new lawn this autumn, prepare the area now to give it time to settle.
  • Recut any lawn edges. Install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.
  • If your lawn is infested by ants, brush out the nests on a dry day. Always brush them away before mowing.

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Rachael Worrall

Marketing Director love2move

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