14 Aug AUGUST FLOWER GARDENING TIPS
Let’s be honest — by the time August rolls around, the garden (and gardeners) can look pretty rough around the edges. Long, hot days and sometimes infrequent rains leave everything tired, crispy, and dreaming of the cooler days ahead. But don’t give up on your flowers just yet — with a little extra effort, we can revive them and keep the blooms coming into the fall.
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8 Tips for August Flower Gardening
Stake flowers. August can bring late summer storms or even hurricane season, and those windy conditions can topple your taller flowers like dahlias. Provide them with a little extra support with garden stakes.
Continue deadheading and cutting. Deadheading and cutting encourage new blooms and keeps your flowers looking tidy. Some flowers are ideal candidates for indoor flower displays and drying, like hydrangeas, daisies, and strawflower.
Water deeply. Rather than sprinkling a little water daily, aim for less frequent but deeper watering. I like to put my hose on trickle and let it lay on top of the soil near my flowers — then move it around to a different location after about 15 minutes.
Take cuttings. Flowers like pelargoniums, osteospermum, dianthus, and helianthemum are easy to propagate with cuttings, and now’s the time to do it. By the time the cooler season rolls around, these plants will be well-rooted for planting next spring.
Divide rhizomes. Any plant that has rhizomes (irises, for example) can be dug up, divided and replanted now if you didn’t do it last month. They’ve already bloomed and are ready to spread the love in a different area of your garden.
Collect and store seeds. Got any calendula, hardy geranium, cerinthe, or aquilegia? Collect their seeds and store them for next year’s garden.
Fertilize containers. Container plantings can peter out more quickly than their in-ground counterparts, so be sure to give them a little extra love. I like to sprinkle compost on the soil surface and water it in. Worm castings work well, too!
Keep an eye out for diseases and pests. Powdery mildew, downy mildew and white rust are common summertime diseases, so don’t let them get out of control. Pest like earwigs and vine weevil grubs can do a lot of damage, too, so it’s best to do a regular checkup in the garden so you can notice and treat before anything causes too much damage.
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