With the bank holiday weekend upon us and a heatwave on the horizon, it is the perfect opportunity to get out into the fresh air, enjoy the garden and finish off your summer gardening jobs in time for bulb planting season.
There’s lots to be getting on with in the garden, so here are our essential jobs for August.
- Prune shrubs and climbers (Wisteria, Pyracantha) to keep your garden tidy.
- Prune and shape hedges and evergreen hedges before they stop growing in the autumn.
- Cut long-flowering perennials to the ground, such as Hardy Geraniums.
- Trim back lavender after it has finished flowering.
- Sweep your patio and trim any small weeds as they germinate.
- Hoe the soil to keep weeds down. This should be done in warm, dry conditions to ensure that any weed seedling left on the surface will dehydrate and die.
- Remove pond weeds with regular debris cleaning.
- Water plants that need it regularly.
- Water in the morning or late afternoon/evening to prevent the water evaporating in the heat.
- During hot spells, splash water on the floor of your greenhouse to bring the humidity up.
- Mow weekly but reduce frequency and raise blades if the weather is hot and dry.
- Lawn weeds are usually prominent and need pulling or treating.
- Apply a high phosphate fertiliser at the end of the month to benefit the grass roots.
- Keep bird baths topped up with fresh water.
- When deadheading, leave some flower seedheads as food for birds and small mammals.
- Deadhead Buddleia bushes to keep them flowering into the autumn for bees and other insects.
- Start ordering your spring-flowering bulbs now. You can start planting bulbs such as Narcissi, Crocus and Hyacinths from September onwards.
- Order Prepared Hyacinth and Indoor Narcissi bulbs and pot them up so that they will be ready for December.