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Here’s your August garden checklist – now get gardening!

August is an important time for every gardener – preparing plants for winter and harvesting ripened fruits before the dawn of autumn. So we’ve compiled a list of what needs to be done in every garden before September, with this August garden checklist.

1. Be summer water-wise!

Prioritise newly planted areas and trees that have been planted in the last year. Avoid wasting water by putting pots in reservoirs or use self-watering hanging baskets. Irrigation systems are an efficient way to water if timers are set correctly although they do take time to install – get in touch if you need us to help with this! And check out our blog on watering here.

Prepping a border for planting
Prepping a border for planting later in the year

2. Plant bulbs for autumn flowering

To create a colourful display for autumn, plant bulbs in your garden soon 10cm deep, in a sunny position, taking care not to damage emerging shoots. Autumn-flowering crocuses and colchicums mark a change of the seasons and bring welcome colour to rock gardens, borders and grassy areas. Popular species also provide a valuable source of late-season pollen for bees. Crocuses prefer well-drained, gritty, fertile soil while colchicums do well in a deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained areas.

3. Review your borders

Take notes and photos for reference for future maintenance and development. Keep a record of what plants will need lifting and dividing in late autumn, whether colours are working well together and where gaps are.

A gorgeous border we’ve maintained and developed

4. Deadhead

Continue through August to deadhead plants such as dahlias, roses and summer annuals to prolong displays into early autumn.

5. Tidy wisteria

Pruning helps to encourage flower buds to form. Summer prune wisteria by cutting back the whippy green shoots of the current year’s growth to five or six leaves.

6. Pest damage

Lastly on our August garden Checklist is pest damage! Plants such as Penstemon and Chrysanthemum are susceptible to leaf bud eelworm. Look for stunted growth and distorted, blotched leaves. To reduce spread, avoid wetting foliage when watering and use sterile potting compost.

Water, water, everywhere, but be sure to do it right!

We’re right in the middle of another Great British Summer so we of course should be expecting high temperatures and dry days. After a long, cold winter and a very late spring this year, the summer heat has been exceptional and even though you and I might be loving sitting out in the sunshine or preparing a steak for the barbeque, our gardens need to be managed at this time of year just as much as at other times.

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A Gardener’s Garden in Ewelme

This is the first of a new kind of blog to add to my repertoire of the usual plant and garden job focused ones.

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of Green Art’s Care and Development Team clients. This is Sue in her element in her beautiful cottage garden in Ewelme. I met with her to chat all things green on our recent monthly care visit to her garden.

 

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The grass is always greener – or is it?

Over 10 years ago, the RHS noted the impact of climatic change on our lawns in their Encyclopedia of Gardening (2007). This year we have seen temperatures soar to dramatic highs and are no doubt still seeing the impact on the grassed areas in our gardens.

Whilst a lush green lawn may be the aim, you may be surprised to read that it is really important to give established lawns little or no water during drought periods. Lawns will turn brown during a drought and it would be easy to assume they had died. However, did you know that many lawn grasses go into a dormant phase during extreme heat and when it does rain again, as you are probably noticing, most lawns will recover well?

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Bee Kind

Bee kind…

The careful insect ‘midst his work I view,

ow from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew,

With golden treasures loads his little thighs,

And steer his distant journey through the skies.

(John Gay, Rural Sports)

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Feeling hot, hot, hot…

Whilst August brought our gardens much needed rain after the longest heat wave on record since 1976, September is proving to be unseasonably warm and dry. As the amount of water our plants need increases, so does the scarcity of water and this is only set to worsen over the coming years. Scientists predict that due to climate change, the risk of extreme heatwaves is increasing across the world.

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A little help for those that need it in their Garden

My grandmother was a huge influence on my passion for gardening. I very fondly recall the long summer days spent alongside her and my parents at their shared allotment. Had you ever had the pleasure of visiting her, you wouldn’t have needed the exact address, you could have identified her front door by it being the one with the most pots and flowers and shrubs (and the odd garden gnome of course).

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Water, water, everywhere, but be sure to do it right!

We’re right in the middle of another Great British Summer so we of course should be expecting high temperatures and dry days. After a long, cold winter and a very late spring this year, the summer heat has been exceptional and even though you and I might be loving sitting out in the sunshine or preparing a steak for the barbeque, our gardens need to be managed at this time of year just as much as at other times.

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