The Idle Mole Gardening School
The lovely weather certainly makes you want to get out and enjoy your garden and you can do so knowing that the majority of hard work has already been done. August can be one of the hottest months of the year so it is essential to keep a check on watering this month.
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month;
Ensure tubs and baskets are watered regularly.
Dead head all flowering bedding plants, perennials and shrubs to promote flowering.
Check for apple scab and treat.
Feed tomato plants regularly, ideally with each watering.
Feed lawns with a feed, weed and moss killer to keep it looking lush and healthy.
Prune June flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus.
Clip back hedges.
Remove rose suckers and tree suckers.
Keep a look out for garden pests, greenfly will thrive in humid conditions.
The summer weather creates the perfect environment for fungi and other garden pests to thrive so remove dead flower heads and dead foliage as soonn as possible to prevent mould forming. One of the most common problems at this time of year is slugs and snails. Keep them and other pests at bay with good bug control.
Staking is an important part of this months gardening tasks. Why not make your own attractive stakes by using broken twigs and branches? They become almost invisible amongst borders and give a more natural look.
Enjoy your garden this month and make the most of summer!
We have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year.