Top 5 Must Do’s This August

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August is here! We’ve brought you our top five best tips to help you and your garden transition into an exciting new Fall planting season.

Check out our August Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Prepare your garden beds

August is the time to start preparing for Fall vegetables. To get your soil ready, we recommend mixing Nature’s Blend Compost or Cotton Burr Compost with your soil to replenish nutrients and loosen the soil before planting. Then when you plant, add Biotone Root Starter into the planting hole and water well to give your garden a healthy start.

2. Pick out your seeds

Watching your plants grow from a tiny seed is exciting and rewarding! Our Fall Vegetable Planting Guide provides the specific seed-planting dates to help plan your Fall garden. Look out for some of the rare seeds we’re bringing in this season – tiny bok choy, pink celery, wild chili petins, and more! New seed will be here August 14th, maybe sooner.

3. Expand your indoor jungle

While it’s still hot outside, it’s a great time to add to your jungle inside. Our greenhouse has lots of great options for plants that can be grown indoors or on a shady patio. Some of our favorites include Mini Monsteras, Calatheas, and our tiny terrarium plants.

4. Keep your lawn looking good

Water before 10am or after 6pm. About 1 inch of water, once a week is enough. Feed your lawn with organic fertilizers like Medina Growin’ Green & Nature’s Blend Compost. Keep an eye out for insect problems like chinch bugs & grubs. Chinch bugs: treat with Broad-spectrum Insecticide by Fertilome, in a ready to spray bottle. Grubworms: treat with Grub-free Zone granules by Hi Yield.

5. Keep up with regular watering

It is important to keep up with regular watering for your lawn and garden. Even drought-tolerant plants still need water in these hot months. Make sure to check on your plants daily to ensure that they aren’t staying too wet or too dry. If you’re not sure, use a moisture meter!

6 Comments on “Top 5 Must Do’s This August”

    1. Lydia, one trick are use is a screwdriver. If I can push it into the ground then my lawn has enough water and if I cannot then it’s time to think about getting out the hose and sprinkler.

  1. Always look forward to your
    ” must do’s” each month.
    Back to nature products are a must do for yard!! Thanks

    1. What has worked well for me in previous years is putting down a 3.8 ft.³ bale of Peat Moss per 1000 ft.² of lawn area in fall and then natures blend compost, one bag per 100 ft.² in the spring. But we also have some granular fungicides that are easier to apply and less expensive, but they don’t provide the long term benefits of improving the soil

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