August To Do’s
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.