Gardening tips for August


Gardening in August

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As the heat rises your garden  may struggle

Landscapes don’t have to be a lot of hard work. If you pick the right plants, you can enjoy a yard that’s filled with color  from spring to fall.

By the time August comes the temperature is rising and some of the color in your perennial beds may start to lack.

Try a few of these plants that flower through sweltering August afternoons. All are drought-tolerant once established.

 

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.) brightens the garden with cheery yellow blooms perfect for cutting. It’s a good choice for a wildlife garden. Flowers beckon butterflies; seed heads are a goldfinch favorite.

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Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) unfurls silvery foliage accented with lavender blooms. Plants are deer-resistant.

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Threadleaf tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata) opens daisy like blooms in shades of yellow, white, or pink. Low-maintenance plants have fine foliage and open flowers steadily until frost.

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Yarrow (Achillea) sounds a steady note of drought-resistant color in the summer garden. Look for flowers in many shades, from white, to red, to peach, to yellow.

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Watering tips!

  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials — any plants you added to your yard last fall or spring. These plants need weekly irrigation to ensure roots establish deeply.
  • Avoid watering during midday. Water will evaporate rather than soak into the soil.
  • It’s not uncommon for plants to wilt on hot afternoons even though soil has adequate moisture. The wilting occurs because plants are losing water faster than their roots can absorb it. Leaves should revive by early evening, after the sun is no longer directly on leaves. If not, water deeply.
  • Some shrubs need weekly deep watering now.

Things to remember about the end of summer

  • Pull annuals that are past their prime and aren’t likely to recover.  Cover with bark mulch to prevent weeds.
  • Remove spent blooms on roses, perennials, and annuals to keep the flower show going strong.
  • Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter. Stick 3- to 4-inch green stem cuttings in soil. Place pots in a shaded spot, and keep soil moist.
  • Make sure mower height is raised so you’re cutting grass higher. When grass is taller, it shades soil beneath, which reduces water evaporation from soil. Taller grass generally has deeper roots, which helps it withstand drought better.
  • Pruning evergreens. As August arrives, put away the pruner as far as evergreens are concerned. If you prune now, you risk plants pushing new growth, which won’t harden off and will be killed during winter’s chill.