August To Do’s

Plant
  • Tomato, eggplant, and pepper transplants after August 10th. Be sure to keep watered well and evenly shaded from the hot afternoon sun.
  • Seeds of beans, cabbage, peas, winter squash, and turnips. Start in pots and then transplant to garden. Protect from intense heat and sun.
  • If you want pumpkins by Halloween, plant your seeds by August 10th.
  • Sow bluebonnet seeds now for spring bloom.
  • All tropicals including allamandas, mandevillas, palms, pentas, blue daze, hamelia, hibiscus, esperanza, and plumbago will continue growing and blooming.
  • Annuals such as zinnias, moss rose, gomphrena, purslane, periwinkles, caladium and coleus will continue to flourish.
  • Don’t forget that “house plants” are generally tropical in nature and love a nice shady or semi shady patio to put on the best show. Ficus, schefflera, corn plants, dracaenas, ivies, ponytail palms, and bromeliads all like heat and humidity.
  • All container grown trees, shrubs, and vines
Prune
  • Continue removing faded flowers from annuals and perennials to encourage new blooms.
  • Faded blooms and seed pods from crape myrtle to promote additional blooming
  • Dead wood from trees and shrubs
  • Trim plants as needed to maintain size and shape.
  • Palms as needed
  • Poinsettias early in month – last pruning for December color
Water
  • Check all newly planted material for water every day.
  • Check pots, containers and hanging baskets often, as they dry out quickly and need more water.
  • Apply mulch as needed to help conserve moisture.
  • Make arrangements for someone to water if leaving for more than 2 days, especially with new plants.
  • Follow City Water Restriction Guidelines.
Fertilize
  • All trees and shrubs with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food, organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin Green, or Lady Bug Lawn and Garden
  • Annuals and perennials, with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, or Hasta Gro
  • All hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Lawn Care
  • Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite, Lady Bug Lawn & Garden, and Medina Growin Green are excellent fertilizers that feed plants and soil and are the best choice during hot, dry periods.
  • Lay new sod anytime, and Bermuda seed anytime this month.
  • Apply Ironite or Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellow spots in lawn. Organically use Texas Green Sand.
  • Mow as required. Keep St. Augustine cut to about 3”, Bermuda at 1” – 2”.
  • Watch for Chinch Bugs and Grub Worms.
  • Water well every 7 to 10 days.
Watch Out For
  • Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Spray with Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide or Spinosad.
  • Fungus, Powdery Mildew – Daconil, or Systemic Fungicide, organically with Neem Oil, or Serenade
  • Chinch bugs in lawns – treat with Spectracide Triazicide liquid or granules, Bayer Complete, or Cyonara, organically with Diatomaceous Earth.
  • Mealy bugs – treat with Liquid Sevin, Bayer Tree & Shrub, Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic, organically with Neem Oil, or Insecticidal Soap.
  • Spider mites – use Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic, organically with Neem Oil, Spinosad, or Insecticidal Soap.
  • Fleas and ticks – treat lawns with Cyonara, or Spectracide Triazicide, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer.
  • Borers in mesquites, cottonwoods, ash, raintrees, chinaberry, and yucca. Organically with Spinosad or Fertilome Borer Bagworm Leafminer Spray.