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Six Garden Tasks for August. Tra la la, can't wait to relax!

Six sizzling tasks for August in the garden. Tra la la, can’t wait to relax?

You might be spending this glorious month away on a holiday beach. But if you are a garden-lover, the chances are that you will want to enjoy time in your own special outdoor space. After all, this is the month in which you have the best opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours. August is all about relaxing. That’s what summer’s all about – ISN’T IT?

 

swing seat in the garden for relaxing A garden swing. Just right for relaxation in August

Just plonk yourself in your newly purchased swing seat. Settle back and savour the scene. There – it’s simple. Feel the warm air, breathe in the heady atmosphere and the glorious scent of summer blooms. Enjoy the buzzing bees, the twittering birds and the fluttering butterflies. What could be better? But…wait…

Butterfly on flower in summer garden August Beautiful things happen in the garden in August

It would be better if you just moved that shrub a metre to the left. Then it would screen the compost. Perhaps better do that now. Just pop and get the garden fork. Oh, is that a cluster of aphids there on your rose stems?

Aphids on a rose stem in the garden pests in summer Aphids... not what you want to see when you are relaxing in the garden

And that cabbage white – where is it heading? Is there a hole in your brassica netting perhaps? Better just check. Oh no, there are pesky butterfly eggs on the cabbages. Better just take off the netting and wash them off. But what are these notches nibbled from your luscious bergenia foliage? Must have a look for vine weevil. Perhaps that’s why the annuals in your pots are looking a bit sad and sorry.

Vine weevil

You really need to investigate their roots. And whilst you’re about it, check for lily beetle too. Oh, look at those slugs and snails hiding here under all this shady foliage. If you just tie back the clematis you can get a better look…

Slug
The gardener’s lot is not one filled with relaxation. Who can just sit and look without jumping up to ‘improve’ things? It’s all about having a zest for life and for all things growing. But if you can just kerb your enthusiasm for a few hours here and there and give yourself a break you will feel as if a holiday has descended upon you.

Dining outdoors table, chairs garden Take a break! August is the time for sitting and enjoying your outdoor space.

Set yourself a restricted list of garden chores: work methodically through them and then take some time in the chair.

Arbour in garden relaxing, seat, chair That garden seat is waiting for you right now

Here’s six tasks that you can whistle through this August, in between having some time off:

Set a few slug and snail traps. They can work on your behalf while you read the  newspaper: half grapefruit skins placed on the soil are a great organic method of attracting slimy things, as are beer-traps. There are biological controls available too.
Use vine weevil nematodes during August as they will feast on larvae that might be lurking in your pots and borders.
Prune your rambling roses and continue to dead-head all other roses unless you want rose hips.

Sheila's Perfume Rose in the garden, summer pruning

Cut hedges, including conifers now – and of course you will check for any nesting birds raising their second broods before you commence.
Trim lavender after flowering. This will encourage a flush of new growth that will have time to harden off before the winter.

Lavender in the summer garden bees, insectsLavender cutting pruning trimming summer garden
Add some plants to your garden this month that will extend your flowering season. There is often a ‘gap’in late summer. You might like an ‘Indian summer’ palette including Dahlias; Asters;

Aster late summer flowers in the garden Amazing Asters look wonderful in late summer
Dahlia in the garden summer flowers Delightful Dahlias flower until the first frosts

Agastache; Chrysanthemums; Helianthus; Penstemon; Rucbeckia and more.

Agastache Kudos Coral summer flowers Agastache always delights

 

Garden mums flowering in August and September Garden Chrysanthemums are great

Enjoy the summer garden!

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