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August

Week 1:

  • Do not fertilize trees and shrubs any more this growing season; however they still need at least one inch of water per week.
  • Continue de-weeding in flower, tree and vegetable gardens.
  • Avoid using herbicides until September; heat vaporizes and spreads the spray and non-target, heat-stresses plants can be affected.
  • Watch for fall web worm larvae, which are beginning to hatch.

Week 2:

  • Continue to remove spent blooms on flowering plants.
  • Cut back unsightly foliage but trim only if absolutely necessary.
  • Check all landscape material for moisture stress.
  • Dig up, divide and trim foliage to six inches on crowded irises; check for iris bore and discard damaged rhizomes.

Week 3:

  • Plant grass seed in areas where needed and monitor watering. Sprouting grass will need to be kept moist until the roots are established.
  • Containerized nursery stock can still be purchased and planted. Score root ball to promote new growth.
  • Seasonal check of irrigation system is recommended to correct any problems before winterization. 

Week 4:

  • Order spring flowering bulbs, if not already done.
  • Monitor plant material for disease activity.
  • Continue to turn and moisten the compost pile.
  • Divide and transplant perennials after flowering. New container grown perennials can be planted now to get a headstart on next year. 

NOTES:

Protect young trees from deer antler rubbing by applying plastic tree guard around the trunk