August in Your Garden

Your August Gardening Guide

SPRING is in the air! And that means it is time for us to get out and about in our gardens this month so that we can prepare for Spring

Soil Preparation

  • Remove spent Winter flowering annuals 
  • Loosen soil with a garden fork and add compost and a 2:3:2 fertiliser to prepare soil for new Spring planting
  • Plan your beds for Spring and Summer flowering planting

Prune

  • Prune Shrubs and hedges to encourage fresh new growth as the weather heats up
  • If you have not done so, you need to prune your roses before mid August – see our Rose Pruning blog post for more info and a step by step guideline: http://lifestyle.co.za/rose-pruning/

Feed

  • Fertilise fruit trees with a 3:1:5 fertiliser
  • Fertilise bulbs that have completed their flowering with a 3:1:5 fertiliser in order to ensure that they have a successful season next year

Lawn

It is now time to treat your grass so that it can be the ravishingly lush lawn that you can revel (and roll) in throughout the SPRING and SUMMER season!

  • Aerate your lawn by using a roller with spikes or a garden fork
  • Water and then fertilise with a 5:1:5 fertiliser and water again
  • Apply lawn dressing and spread across your lawn with a large broom or rake 

Visit our blog or click |HERE| to see our Spring Lawn Treatment Guide with a printable guideline!

Sow Herbs and Veggies

  • Sow vegetable seeds such as: Artichoke, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Cucumber, Leeks, Lettuce, Onion, Parsley, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Tomato and Watermelon
  • Sow herb seeds such as: Basil, Catnip, Celery, Chamomile, Chives, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Echinacea, Lavender, Oreganum, Parsley, Paprika, Peppermint, Rocket, Sage, Spearmint and Thyme

Water

  • Start increasing the amount of watering that you do for both indoor and outdoor plants as the weather starts to heat up

Spring Clean

  • Start weeding as soon as little pests appear
  • Keep a lookout for slugs and snails – visit our inside information for advice on treatments if needed