Gardening Tasks
August

lavender

  • Time to trim lavender and rosemary.
  • Cut back perennials and tidy the borders.
  • Prune wisteria and secure ties.
  • Keep hedges neat and under control.
  • Deadhead blooms to encourage repeat flowering.
  • Save seed heads of those required for next year.

layer

  • Layer clematis, rhododendrons and border carnations.
  • Take cuttings of perennials, alpines and heathers.
  • Feed dahlias and chrysanthemums.
  • Remove side buds for better blooms.
  • Start to purchase spring flowering bulbs, which are
    available now from our Trading Centre.
  • Pot up specially prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas.
  • Position poinsettias away from draughts
    and artificial lighting to encourage better bracts.

strawberry

  • Keep the bird bath clean and topped up.
  • Water containers, hanging baskets and new plants.
  • When watering use grey water wherever possible.
  • Regularly water and feed house plants.
    Link to pdf:RHS Liquid Feed Guide.
  • Maintain vigilance against pests and diseases.
  • Harvest produce and freeze or preserve for bleak winter.

birds

  • Replenish your strawberry bed.
  • Prune summer fruiting raspberries, gooseberries,
    redcurrants, and blackcurrants.
  • Sow spring cabbage, winter lettuce and Brussels sprouts.
  • Take cuttings of herbs to overwinter. RHS guide pdf.
  • Top out runner beans for more energy into lower growth.
  • Top out tomato plants and feed to encourage fuller fruit.
  • Finish summer pruning apple trees and mature plums.
  • Begin harvesting maincrop potatoes if foliage has died.

mow

  • Mow lawns regularly, water new sowings.
  • Don't water existing lawns, grass regrows after drought.
  • Take clippings to compost heap.
  • Turn the compost heap to speed even breakdown.