The Garden in August: What to Do Now!

You can fully enjoy your garden in August. The garden blooms in many colors and presents you with many flowers. But it still needs to be looked after in the summer days. Instead of regular watering, fertilizing, and harvesting, other things need to be done in August.

1. Water the plants sufficiently.

Watering plants regularly is an essential part of August due to the prolonged dry periods. It needs sufficient moisture because the water promotes root formation. You can save water with targeted irrigation using a sprinkler system. Pour properly once instead of always in small quantities. 

2. Set autumn bloomers

Many balcony flowers have already faded by the end of August. But this allows you to clear the flower boxes for the autumn flowers. Discard the wasted flowers on the compost and plant autumn bloomers like heather, gentian, or chrysanthemums. However, you should always make sure that the soil you are using is fresh. The old earth would not lead to success because it has already been run down of all nutrients. So, invest in fresh potting soil to be able to marvel at the autumn bloomers.

3. Rose care: one last fertilization

During the garden maintenance in July, you have already dealt sufficiently with the rose care. But even in August, your roses need a lot of attention. In August, the first shoots of the roses will already wither. Therefore, it would be best to cut back these directly so that new shoots can grow again. In addition, the last yearly fertilization of the roses takes place in August. This stimulates the growth of the flowers once more. The nutrients must then be sufficient by the end of the year.

4. Harvest and use fruits

There is a lot of harvest in August. You should be quick, especially with berries, because birds like to eat them too. If you want to process the berries into juice, you have to do this directly. You can also make jam or frozen fruit.

Among other things, you can find ripe fruits such as apples, currants, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or tasty apricots in the garden in August. During the harvest, you should ensure that the selected fruits are free from pests and then clean them directly in the house. Only then can you start recycling.

5. Dry the herbs

In addition to fruits and vegetables, many herbs in the garden are ready to be harvested in August. You can use them fresh, or you can also dry them. For example, lavender, chives, rosemary, but also parsley can be harvested again in August. You can dry the herbs in sunlight on a windowsill and then use them as dry herbs to season dishes, even in winter.

6. Contain pests

In August, several pests can destroy your ready-to-harvest food. In some cases, however, pests are also harmless but still disturb relaxation in the garden. With protective nets, you can stop these pests. The nets often consist of fine-meshed synthetic fiber nets. After sowing or planting, the nets should be spread over these spots and attached to the sides.

7. Cut hedges

Energetic trees such as red beech, hornbeam, and privet need to be pruned again at the beginning of August. The cut should be made during this time so that the cut wounds have healed by winter and the plant thus offers less attack surface for diseases or pests. When pruning, however, make sure that no more birds nest in the hedges. The brood should have flown out by now, but it is still possible that they have set up camp there.

8. Cut the lavender

The lavender blooms in full splendor in the early summer months. But only if you cut it back again. This will ensure that the lavender will bloom again next year. It is important not to cut back the lavender until it has wilted. Then it can be a little more rigorous so that there is enough space for new shoots.

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9. Repot plants

In August, it is time to repot the plants. While the temperatures are still warm, the plants can grow vigorously again. Therefore, it is worth repotting perennials and evergreen plants in larger containers, in which they can then continue to thrive in winter. However, you shouldn’t do this right at the beginning of August. The temperatures are often a little milder at the end of August, and repotting is a good idea.

10. Last fertilization of the potted plants

If you repot the plants, you can also fertilize them directly. It offers the best supply of nutrients. However, it also makes sense to fertilize the potted plants that you are not repotting. In August, the plants are usually fertilized one last time before autumn. Large change processes can be stimulated, especially when using slow-release fertilizers.

In the case of perennials that are to be overwintered, you should reduce the fertilizer in August and stop completely in September. The shoots are then fully matured, reduced energy, and the plant can go into the resting phase.

11. Fertilizing the fruit trees

When fertilizing in the garden, you should not neglect the fruit trees. For these to bear a lot of fruit again next year, they need nutrients. However, the soil is usually not able to provide this in fine form. Many fruit trees become more vital and stronger and can protect themselves better against diseases and pests if you fertilize them in the garden in August. It laid out on the edge of the tree grate and hooked into place.

12. Fertilize the soil

The harvest removes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Because of this, the nutrients should also be returned to the soil. The best time is now in August, as this is the time when most of the produce is harvested. After the last harvest, you can use an organic fertilizer to provide the soil with nutrients again. Fertilizing in gardens is only necessary to a limited extent in the case of mixed crops. The following applies to all other soils: fertilizing at the end of August is worthwhile.

13. Prepare the beds for the next year.

Harvested beds leave bare spots. However, you can fill this again directly and not with new extensions but with a foundation. It makes the beds hardy and ensures that the harvest and the nutrients sunk in the ground are protected from frost and environmental influences and that into the next harvest season. A nice side effect is that the plants form even more roots through the foundation and thus effectively displace weeds.

14. Propagate plants

Did you know that you can still propagate plants after the harvest? Shortly before the plants are ready to harvest or evergreen plants are made hardy, they often sprout again. You can carefully cut the new shoots and grow them in a glass of water. The water causes roots to form, which means that the shoots are planted in the ground and grow into independent plants.

15. Close gaps in the lawn

The dry summer months do not leave the lawn without a trace. The high temperatures are also exhausting for the grass, and not all blades of grass can withstand the punctual heat. So there are always gaps in the lawn at the end of August. August is the perfect time to fill in gaps in the lawn. However, this should not happen until the end of August. During this time, you can plant new lawn seeds after scarifying to close the gaps. In the autumn months, the grass has enough time to grow again.

16. Remove algae in the pond.

Weeds sprout in the summer warmth in the garden in August, but other undesirable plants such as algae occur in the garden pond and transfigure the normally blue water strongly. As a quick solution, you can fish the algae out of the pond with a net. Alternatively, however, you can also invest in a pond system. Due to the circulation of the water and the cleaning, algae form more slowly. You can also put other pond plants in the garden water.

Fast-growing pond plants provide a remedy for algae, as they remove excess nutrients from the water due to their rapid growth. As a result, no carpets of algae can form, and the algae are displaced.

17. Plant endive lettuce

You can plant many different types of lettuce throughout the year so that you always have a head of lettuce that is ready to be harvested throughout the year. So in August, it is time to prepare for autumn. The soil must be moist when planting, and that half of the roots are covered with soil.

18. Plant steppe candles for the next year

The steppe candle can also be planted in August. The solitary plants with flower clusters are ornamental and are particularly impressed with their long and high stems. Since the flowering time is in June and July, they already ensure that the beautiful steppe candles bloom in full splendor the following year in August of the previous year. However, care must be taken when choosing a location: steppe candles may be sunny, but they are extremely sensitive to wind. Therefore, make sure that you plant the plants protected from the wind.

19. Prepare the pumpkin plants.

You can already harvest a lot of food in August. At the same time, you can also prepare for the next harvest. The first pumpkin blossoms appear on the female plants in autumn. With these, however, you can determine their later harvest. Let the fruits grow if they are small ornamental gourds. However, if the pumpkins are larger, you should cut the plant two to three leaves behind the last desired fruit. A pumpkin plant needs a lot of food because it is a heavy eater. Therefore, make sure that your pumpkin plants always have sufficient nutrients.