Is it August already? It seems like just last weekend we were celebrating the summer solstice, and now summer is in its final month. School is starting up, the days are getting shorter, and fall is right around the corner. It’s a transitional period, and that means it’s prime time to start preparing your landscape for the cooler weather up ahead. As we careen into August, keep in mind this landscaping checklist:
- Harvest produce and flowers: At this point, much of your summer produce is probably ready to be picked and eaten. Don’t let it remain in your garden for too long; the longer it stays on the plant, the more likely it is to get eaten by pests. It is also a good time to pick flowers off your perennial plants. Place them in vases around your home or give them as gifts to friends and family. By pruning your perennials, you are encouraging more growth later in the season.
- Take extra care of your lawn: Your lawn may have had a hard summer. Heat, storms, and drought can damage even the most resilient of lawns. It may be time for a fertilizer treatment, especially if your grass has yellowed throughout the season. Many flowers, on the other hand, will soon need less fertilizer. Keep watering regularly, especially on hot days. Twice a day is the minimum, but extra watering could be necessary if you notice that water is evaporating rapidly. Be sure to keep up with your mowing schedule, as well. Un-mowed lawns are more susceptible to disease.
- Prepare your fall produce garden: August is a great time to plant and prepare fall produce. Arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnips can all be planted this time of year!
- Grow grass: As we detailed in our last blog, it’s grass growing season! If you want to cover up the bare spots in your lawn, now is the time. Fescue, bluegrass, and ryegrass are all ideal for late-summer or early-fall planting.
- Feed the hummingbirds: At this time of year, hummingbirds are preparing to head south for the fall. However, they can still help your garden throughout the month of August, so keep feeders well-stocked. Well-fed hummingbirds will have an easier time migrating, and a strong hummingbird population is infinitely beneficial to garden lovers.
- Keep up the good work: Continue pruning dead growth, controlling weeds, watching out for pests, and checking for common grass diseases. Transitional periods are all about upkeep. Maintaining the health of your yard throughout August will make fall chores all the easier, and it will give you a beautiful landscape to enjoy as the last days of summer slip by. Savor and appreciate all the hard work you’ve done! You deserve it.