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IN THE DIRT with DOUG - AUGUST GARDENING TASKS

Here are some gardening tasks to consider doing in August:
  1.  LAWN CARE – I can’t stress enough the value of doing a soil test right now on your lawn.  The first step in proper soil preparation is to have your soil tested.  This test will indicate your basic lime and fertilizer needs.  Soil test kits are available through your local county agriculture extension service or, in Chesterfield County the test kits are available at all local county libraries. Test results will come back to you from Virginia Tech in 2 or 3 weeks.  This is why you want to have the test done now.
  1.  Lawns like pH at 6.2 – 6.5.  Raising the pH of your soil above 6.5 can decrease the vigor of your lawn and decrease its ability to take up fertilizer.
  2. Leaving your grass clippings on your lawn each time you mow can provide the nutrients equal to one fertilizer application.
  3. Grass clippings are 90% water and break down quickly – fescue grass clippings do not contribute to thatch.
  4. Core aerate your lawn in August.  Aeration loosens the compaction of the soil and allows oxygen to the soil.
  1.  Fall garden seeds have arrived.  Now is the time to select your seeds and sow your fall vegetables, such as cabbage, lettuce, kale, spinach, onions, etc.
  2. I don’t recommend any pruning on evergreen shrubs after August.  Pruning encourages new growth.  You need to give this new growth time to harden off before turning cold.
  3. Give roses final fertilization for the growing season.
  4. August tends to be a hot and dry month of us in Central Virginia – stay on top of the watering needs of the plants
  5. If you like to keep your summer annuals performing and looking good, consider giving them a good haircut this month and continue to feed them regularly.
HAPPY GARDENING
Posted: 8/3/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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