Top Gardening Jobs for August
August can be one of the hottest months, so watering is an essential job, particularly containers and new plants. Other top jobs for this month include;
🌻 Deadhead flowering plants regularly.
🌻 Trim lavender once finished flowering to maintain a compact bushy shape.
🌻 Lift onions and shallots once their tops die down, then leave to dry in the sun.
🌻 Summer prune wisteria by cutting back long side shoots to about 20cm.
🌻 Keep on top of weeding, as weeds will compete for water and nutrients.
🌻 Cut back herbs to encourage new tasty leaves which can be harvested in time before the frost.
🌻 Continue to feed tomato plants and pinch out the top of the plant to encourage growth into the fruit that has already formed. Ideally leave 5 or 6 trusses of fruit per plant.
🌻 Keep birds off fruit such as berries by use of netting.
🌻 Raise the cutting height of your mower as lawn growth slows down in late summer.