We use cookies on this website. To use the website as intended please accept cookies.

Tuesday August 20 , 2019

Blue Daisy Blog

Blue Daisy blog written by Nicki Jackson & Jules Clark - for news, views, garden design, gardening and plant observations and thoughts.

August Garden Jobs

Posted by on in Gardening
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 15384
  • 0 Comments
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

secateurs-240There have been some major growth spurts going on in our gardens this year and one of the biggest problems for gardeners is to make sure things don't get too much out of hand.  As ever deadheading is the order of the day for August along with watering. Don't forget to try to water late afternoon or evening if possible, avoiding the heat of the day (although roses do prefer a morning drink!).  Some summer pruning is also on the cards to help keep things under control along with the usual August jobs:

 

  • Check plants at least twice a week to check for infestation of bugs like aphids and red spider mite
  • Weed borders so plants aren’t competing for nutrients in the soil or water
  • Deadhead flowers regularly to encourage more flowers and to extend their flowering season
  • Consider saving bath and dish water for the garden (non-edibles)
  • Concentrate on watering newly planted trees, shrubs, window boxes and containers
  • Feed plants that require it
  • Remove the growing tip from greenhouse tomatoes to encourage fruit growth
  • Start thinking about planting bulbs for Christmas displays (yes, I really did mention the C-word!!)
  • Protect dahlias from earwigs
  • Check if repairs to the greenhouse or shed are needed before autumn sets in
  • Water and feed house plants remembering to clean the foliage
  • Cut sweet peas as soon as they flower to encourage more and to prevent seed pods forming
  • Trim hedges at the end of the month it should hopefully be the last time they'll need it this year
  • Harvest fruit and veg as necessary
  • Make sure bird baths have fresh clean water every day
  • Water levels in ponds may have evaporated so top up to ensure the fish don’t die
  • Remember if you do have to garden while the sun is out protect yourself adequately with sun screen, a hat and drink plenty of water!

 

0
Trackback URL for this blog entry.

Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.

Author's recent posts

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Blog Categories

Tag Cloud

RHS Hampton Court Berberis Chris Beardshaw herbs pond movement in the garden Birmingham Library pollinating insects composting Gardeners World gardening on tv Joseph Banks watering can Malvern Hills John Massey kitchen garden Jekka McVicar Malvern Spring Show Carol Klein gravel patio Wisley James Wong Hosta Monty Don wild flowers saving water Herb garden spring bulbs January garden bulbs Cloches sorbus RHS Malvern Chelsea Physic Garden basil Taxus alpines cottage gardens National Trust London unity pests elm traditional style build Charlie Dimmock Phyllostachys nigra grow your own Acuba Bamboo Snowdrops legacy gift show gardens Cosmos astrosanguineus September garden hard landscaping Nicki Jackson Euphorbia water conservation surfaces Highgrove garden design trends Alan Titchmarsh plants HTA Joanna Lumley rainwater harvesting watering hosepipe Joe Swift career in horticulture May garden Horticulture HNC RHS Chelsea garden design tip April garden sweat peas grey water RHS Tatton Park Lantra December garden Urban Heat Island Effect Futurescape CorTen steel doddington hall topiary National Gardening Week Levens Hall courtyard pollinators birch form Rachel de Thame contemporary Mrs Loudon July garden edible garden show acer Hidcote Buxus Daffodils lawn care green spaces paving June garden heatwave February garden Geranium garden advice at home RHS Capability Brown cyclamen Selfridges Roof Garden Stone Lane Gardens front garden poppies Garden Planning plant pots wildlife Coastal plants GYO hydroponic Echinacea blue Greenhouse water butt Winter shrubs ash New York Highline Blue Daisy structure Cambridge botanical garden Decking Achillea Matt James BBC Seed sowing sound in the garden Fleece sunflowers summer garden reclaimed materials colour in your garden garden design Laurel Horticulturalist Ilex Kew Gardens Narcissus Kelmarsh Hall spring garden Stoneleigh winner Ashwood Nurseries Prince Harry Trees November garden Urban Heat Island CorTen kerb-side appeal drought stonemarket Spring shrubs NSALG Perennial planning your garden Briza maxima garden focal points eco-friendly Crocus rock gardens rosemary vertical garden recycled materials bees twitter timber deer Absorb pollution terracota house plants roof gardens Shrubs winter garden repetition garden October garden Wildflowers Cut flowers rococo Moss Bank Park productive garden Events & Shows August garden ha ha water Chelsea Flower Show Lawrence Johnston roof garden garden room autumn garden ornamental grasses Berginia Kensington Roof Garden Glasshouse Alys Fowler Great British Garden Revival Floating Paradise Gardens of London February Tom Hart-Dyke scented shrubs herbaceous borders Toby Buckland Horticultural women and work award March garden Herb cottage garden water feature bulb display Sophie Raworth snow

Welcome to Blue Daisy Blog



Our Promise

promiseWe work hard to keep our customers happy.  We work to a voluntary customer charter.

Peace of Mind

simplybusinessWe take our responsibilities seriously so we're insured through Simply Business.

Click on the logo for our Garden Design insurance details. For Gardening details see our gardening services page.

Proud Members Of...

landscapejuicen... The Landscape Juice Network where we interact with other professional gardeners, designers and landscapers.