The dog days of Summer are upon us. August is a great month to stay inside and make your plans for this Fall’s plantings. Browse the catalogs for ideas and bulbs to order now to plant in November and December for next spring’s display. If you are going to work in the lawn or garden, plan it around the early morning or evening in the cooler hours. Drink plenty of water to keep from dehydrating.
The July heat may have already taken its toll on your annuals. If they are beyond help, pull them out and replace them with more heat tolerant varieties. There are a lot of plant varieties that can tolerate drought conditions.These late Summer plants will continue to bloom into the Fall. If your current plantings are okay but overgrown, you can trim back your annuals and perennials by 1/3rd to ½ to get better flowering in the fall. You can also trim off the dead or damaged canes and the errant chutes from your roses to enhance the fall blooms. Fertilize your roses right after you prune, as this application is very important. Do NOT trim flowering shrubs, like Indian Hawthorns, after July or you will probably trim off the buds (look like berries) that would provide the flowers next year. Rework your beds to prepare them for fall plantings of flowers or vegetables. Bury in the compost materials and add the mulch on top. They will be ready for planting when it is time. You can fertilize your lawn, shrubs and flowerbeds this month with a 3-1-2 ratio (15-5-10) or (20-5-10) fertilizer.
The heat stresses all our lawns, shrubs etc. We will probably not get much rain so we will have to water with irrigation systems or drag around sprinklers to keep everything from burning up. 1 inch of water per week should be enough. Do not water in mid-day, as most of it will simply evaporate prior to getting into the ground and most cities will have restrictions and you might get fined. Irrigate in the early morning if possible. Water deeply, not frequently. Watering in the evening can lead to plant diseases. Maintain the water in the soil of your beds more effectively by having a good thick layer of mulch. I often comment on the benefits of thick mulch because it is a topic worth repeating, as its benefits are many. Check out other ways to conserve water with your landscaping.
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May God Bless You and Yours.Ron Kerwin Captain Ron’s Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. Watauga, TX 817-485-7890