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August Gardening Jobs

If you’re not sure of what gardening jobs to do in August, we are here to help. Even just getting a few of these jobs done can perk up your garden during the summer. All you need is a bit of careful planning and gentle guidance to get you on your way.

Around the Garden

  • If you have a greenhouse, increase humidity by damping it down on hot days. Also open vents and doors
  • Clean up fallen leaves and flowers
  • Turn the compost in your composter to keep it well aerated and speed up decomposition
  • Re cut lawn edges if necessary
  • Top up bird baths with water
  • Clean out the garden shed to get more use out of it for relaxing, working and entertaining
  • Scoop away algae from ponds
  • Remove parts of plants affected by white powdery mildew and spray with fungicide to stop further spread
  • Looking after Plants

    As August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, watering your plants is essential. Plants in need of particular attention are new plants and containers.

    You should also make sure to:-

  • Dead-head bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding
  • Dead-head lilies and trim lavender plants are they've finished flowering
  • Cut back faded perennials and herbs
  • Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they have finished flowering
  • Take cuttings of selected tender perennials to propagate them for next year
  • Feed the soil with green manures
  • Fruits and Vegetables

  • Feed tomato plants with a tomato fertiliser. Also remove leaves lower down on the plant to help prevent disease
  • Water vegetable and fruit plants regularly
  • Cut out old fruited canes on raspberries and pot up rooted strawberry runners
  • Once the foliage has flopped over and yellowed on onions, shallots and garlic, lift and dry them
  • Regularly pick runner beans to stop them from becoming stringy
  • So there we have it, our top tips for keeping your garden looking great in August. Of course, as always, if you have any suggestions on how to look after your garden during August, let us know in the comment box below. Happy gardening!

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