Gardening Tips for August

With daytime temperatures in the 90’s and above, your landscape and garden plants are under extreme stress.   Here are a few simple tips to keep your yard looking its best during the summer heat.

Make sure you are watering correctly.  If you are under water restrictions this can be a challenge.  The recommendation is to water early morning.  Watering in the evening can cause fungi to develop overnight.   Be sure to water long enough so the root system grows deep rather than staying close to the soil surface.   Check your irrigation system for leaks, clogs or breakages to make sure water is getting to all areas in your lawns and beds.

Remember to adjust the height of your lawn mower blade to allow your grass to grow taller during the summer months.  A thicker turf will be protected from the heat and will require less watering.

Check your garden regularly for insects and fungi.  We are seeing an increase in plant diseases as the temperatures increase and after the recent rains.  If you find a problem, take care of it as soon as possible using a recommended insecticide or fungicide. Both organic and non-organic products are available to stop and protect against insects and fungi.

Higher levels of pests and disease especially on trees and lawns are common in August.  Brown patch and other types of fungus are very common on lawns.  If you are unsure of the problem, bring in a sample twig, leaf or grass plug to the Nursery and we’ll help you diagnose it and offer a solution.

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