As we enter the final month of the summer we’ve got a few tips for you to keep your garden thriving all the way to the end!
- Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Remember to pick plants clean of produce and do not allow fruits and vegetables to drop and decompose on the ground.
- Pull plants and dispose of as they finish producing.
- For fall gardeners, plant fall radishes, beets, broccoli and cauliflower this month for production before hard freezes.
- When mowing, leave the blades taller at around 3-3.5″. This will provide better insulation and better water usage. Roots also grow taller in relation to the height of the grass blade.
- Continue to water your lawn. Lawns should receive 1-1.5″ of water per week.
- Towards the end of the month going into September consider applying a fertilizer. Do not fertilize if not actively growing. If you want to use a weed killer at the same time apply Fertilome Weed Free Zone.
- For lawns with no weeds apply Fertilome Classic Lawn Food.
Perennials, trees and shrubs
- There are many perennials and shrubs that should be deadheaded at this time (cutting out the dead and faded blooms). Watch for daylilies, spirea, and garden phlox to finish flowering.
- Some plants will start to go into dormancy. These should be trimmed down when completely brown.
- Spider mites are often a problem in evergreens. If you have spider mites, you should be spraying with Bonide Systemic Insect Control.