August

August GARDEN LIST!

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • ·        This is NOT the time to move plants however it is a GREAT time to Plant new things!
  • ·        Inspect for insects on all your plants.  First priority is watering ALL newly planted trees and shrubs and lawns.
  • ·        Pruning is not advised this month, with the exception of shrubs that have just flowered.
  • ·        Mark your gardens with small stakes to note where fall planted bulbs should go.  Order Spring Bulbs.
  • ·        Trim up flower bed edges as they tend to get ragged this time of the season.
  • ·        Cut blooming flowers to bring indoors.

 WEED, WEED, WEED      WATER, WATER, WATER

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS:

  • ·        DO NOT fertilize ROSES after August 1st.  Deadhead back to the first set of five leaflets and monitor for Black spot. 
  • ·        Continue to deadhead to promote additional flowering.
  • ·        Prune back annuals that are ‘leggy’ and fertilize with ¼ strength fertilizer twice this month.
  • ·        Plant chrysanthemums and asters.  The earlier the mum is planted the greater the chance of it surviving the winter.  Mulch well.
  • ·        Daylilies will need to have spent flowers and seed heads removed.  Green leaves must remain for photosynthesis. 
  • ·        Feed acid loving plants one more time before fall:  Rhododendrons, azaleas

·            End of Month:

  • ·        Daylilies may be divided and replanted.
  • ·        Peonies can be planted.

LAWN CARE

  • ·        Mow high, 2 ½ -3 inches, leave grass clippings on lawn but not clumped. 
  • ·        August 15 to September 7th is the best time to seed in Northern Illinois.  Recommendation is mix of Kentucky blue grass, perennial rye and fescue.  Water, water!
  • ·        Grub damage will begin to show up this month as browned out areas or chewed up sections from skunks, raccoons tearing up the grass in search of grubs.
  • ·        Grass will go dormant and yellow in color in times of drought but will return with rainfall.

FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND HERB CARE

  • ·        Time to PLANT:  snap beans, cabbages, broccoli, carrots, spinach, radishes and lettuces for fall harvest.
  • ·        Keep picking vegetables to keep them producing.
  • ·        Giant squashes will have little or no flavor, pick early.
  • ·        Tomatoes are VERY moisture sensitive…monitor blossom end rot,
  • ·        Keep records for next year's garden plan.

INDOOR GARDEN

  • ·        Hot summer sun through your windows can affect leaves.  Move to safety.
  • ·        Continue to check for insects.

 HINTS:

  • ·        DONATE extra garden veggies to those in need!  Find a Food Pantry
  • ·        Check out:  University of Illinois Extension website for Common Problems for Vegetable Crops.

http://extension.illinois.edu/vegproblems/ 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist

http://chicagolandgardening.com/index.php/web/read/august-what-to-do-in-the-garden