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August time in the garden

August time in the garden

Here are some other jobs to keep on top of during August:
  • • Give hedges a final trim before they stop growing.
  • • Water plants thoroughly when needed instead of every day. Thorough watering supports plants for up to 14 days, while merely wetting the surface wastes water, encourages weeds and can lead to surface rooting making the plants more vulnerable.
  • • Use water butts as much as you can to water your plants.
  • • Recycle your water - collect washing up water in a bucket outside for watering beds and lawns.

Your flowers need looking after too

Here’s what to be getting on with in the flower garden this month:
  • • Lift and divide perennial plants now, to improve vigour and create new plants for your garden.
  • • Divide hostas before they come into leaf.
  • • Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea plants, to encourage bushy plants this summer.
  • • Divide primroses once they have finished flowering.
  • • Move evergreen shrubs and trees now, provided the soil isn't frozen or waterlogged.

Prepare your garden

Start with these four garden tasks this month:
  1. Order summer bedding and hanging basket plants online now!
  2. Give your greenhouse a thorough scrub (if you haven’t already) with hot soapy water. This will get rid of pests and diseases and let in more light.
  3. Prepare beds for the growing season. Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted manure. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure, or fish, blood and bone.
  4. Check your container plants aren’t drying out - the warmer weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

Your Lawn in March

Here’s how to look after your lawn this March:
  • • Recut any lawn edges if necessary.
  • • Install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.
  • • Mow your lawn if it needs it. Choose a dry day and set your blades higher than usual.
  • • Lay new turf if the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged.
  • • Prepare soil for growing new lawn from seed. Doing this now allows it time to settle before sowing.

Some other jobs for February

Here are some of the other jobs to do around the garden this February:
  • • Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.
  • • Cut back vines such as ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy. Doing this now helps keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear.
  • • Shred or chop any woody prunings before you add them to compost bins, as this will help speed up decomposition.
  • • Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.

Time to Prepare

Use February to get yourself properly prepared for springtime. The following jobs will set you up for your best growing season yet:
  1. Prepare your seed beds. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can cultivate beds and start to warm up the soil, with fleece, polythene or cloches, in preparation for sowing in the coming months.
  2. Organise this year’s seeds by sowing date. Get hold of a box with dividers, and file your seed packets by the month they need to be sown in. You’ll be so glad of this effort in the weeks to come.

More jobs for February



  • • Prune wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • • Cut back shrubs, such as cornus and salix cultivars (grown for their colourful winter stems), down to their bases.
  • • Prune summer-flowering clematis towards the end of the month, before active growth begins.
  • • Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins. Clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground.
  • • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot.

Frost isn't your lawns friend

Looking after your lawn

Remember to keep off the grass when there’s a frost, as the blades are more susceptible to damage.

With spring on the way it’s worth preparing your lawn for the season ahead. Try installing lawn edging, which gives a neat and tidy appearance and makes maintenance easier.

April in the Vegetable Garden

In the vegetable garden
Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost, well rotted manure or green waste into your beds to prepare for the growing season.
Plant your chitted potatoes outside in the ground or in potato grow bags.
Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall.
For quick and easy pea supports push some twiggy sticks around your pea plants now.
Thin your carrot seedlings to achieve good-size carrots - do this in the evening when fewer carrot flies are around.

Bring your lawn to life

Looking after your lawn
Sow lawn seed now on well prepared soil and keep the soil moist whilst the seed is germinating.
For an instant lawn, lay new turf now and ensure it is kept moist until established.
Repair any bare patches in your lawn.
Apply a high-nitrogen fertiliser to your lawn now for a boost to the start of the season.
Now is a good time to apply specialist lawn weed killers to your lawn where moss and weeds are a problem.
On dry days, brush away any 
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