Monthly Garden To Do List

August To Do Checklist

  1. LAWN: Keep an eye out to spot problems early and treat accordingly. Insects such as chinch bugs (treat with Bonide Grub & Bug or diatomaceous earth) and fungi such as grey leaf spot (treat with Actino-Iron) are two things to watch out for. All of these products can be found in our plant care barn.
  2. Hummingbirds are here!! Migrating hummingbirds can be found at your feeders and natural nectar sources. Keeping feeders clean, filled and in a shady area will encourage visitors.

Recipe for Nectar:

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of granulated sugar, stir until dissolved.
  • Allow to cool, fill feeders. Keep excess sealed in refrigerator.
  1. Natural nectar sources for hummingbirds include turk’s cap, hamelia, shrimp plant, firespike, salvia, lobelia (cardinal flower), Pride of Barbados, anisacanthus, and cigar plants. These are all hummer magnets. Many more –check out our flyer in store.
  2. Seeds to plant now include cucumbers, calendula, snapdragon and alyssum. Plan for the fall vegetable garden and choose seeds for planting next month. Shop for seeds in the barn.
  3. Compost: For preparing fall gardens, top dress with 2-4” of organic matter: compost like Ladybug Revitalizer and LadyBug Mushroom Compost are great choices.
  4. Plant transplants for tomatoes and peppers now. Keep young plants protected from intense midday heat by placing cages over plants and clothes pinning newspaper or cardboard at the second rung level. This temporary shade device can be removed once plants reach height of the cardboard; they are established.
  5. WATER: Continue slow, deep watering to encourage proper root growth and prevent runoff.  Watering longer and less often encourages deep root growth and healthier plants.  Soaker hoses or a regular hose turned on to a slow drip are good ways to do this.
  6. SOIL: Feed the soil. Medina Soil Activator and Lady Bug Terra Tonic actually feed the micro-organisms in the soil which improves soil quality and reduces compaction, in turn increase water holding capabilities. Healthy plants start with healthy soil.
  7. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Mulching keeps plant roots cooler and weed seeds at bay. Apply 3” deep around trees and shrubs.  Native Hardwood Mulch is one of our favorites.  Add compost around annuals, herbs, and vegetables.  Remember: never pile mulch against the base of a plant.