For the Month of August

  • Remember that your potted plants and hanging baskets should be watered daily.
  • Try to always do your watering early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • Now is a great time to begin planting for Calendula, Columbine, English Daisy, Forget-me-not and Sweet William.
  • Plant Mums now for beautiful fall color
  • Warm season sod such as Bermuda and Zoysia can be planted. It is not unusual for sod to turn brown this time of year right after planting due to stress. I like to water heavy the first two days then turn off the water to force the deep turf roots to get moisture. After 2-5 days I turn the water back on.
  • If crape myrtles are “dead headed” on a regular basis, you may receive blooms even in September.
  • To receive a second season of blooms from your annuals, cut them back about 50%, then water them, and treat them with a 20-20-20 fertilizer. The blooms should return in about 2 weeks.
  • Fall blooming bulbs can now be planted. A few fall blooming bulbs are: Colchicum, fall crocus and Sternbergia.
  • If your Mums are already budding, and you would like a fuller stronger plant later in the fall, remove the buds (called “deadheading”) by pinching them off the plant.
  • It’s really a bad time to plant a tree because of the intense heat unless you have made adequate plans to keep the tree moist. If at all possible wait till cooler fall weather.
  • Remember not to prune your azaleas past this month. You don’t want to be cutting off next Spring’s blooms.

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