August

General Tasks

  • Continue mowing and watering.
  • Prepare areas for sowing or turfing next month.
  • Treat newly sown lawns with weed killer.

Taking care of the Lawn in August

Care of the lawn in August very much depends on the state of the weather. If it has been hot and dry, there won't be much new growth, so set the mower blades high and leave the clippings to act as a mulch to preserve what little moisture there is. If the weather has been wet and growth generally lush, lower the blades and collect the clippings.

Be on the look out for weeds, especially in wet weather and remove them as soon as you can identify them.

If you have roughly prepared a bare patch of garden for sowing next month the procedure is much the same as for spring sowing. Pick up any debris or stones on the surface, and break it down to a fairly even tilth.

Next page >> Managing Trees and Shrubs in August >>




Bulbs for August

Bulbs that flower in August include:

amaryllis flower

Amaryllis (belladonna lilly)

pink trailing begonia

Begonia

red canna flowers

Canna (Indian shot)

crocosmia masoniorum

Crocosmia & montbretia

dahlia flower

Dahlia

gladiolus coccineum

Gladiolus (sword lily)

pink lilies

Lilium (lily)
Tigridia flowers

Tigridia (tiger flower)