August Checklist

  • Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms
  • Fertilize your roses the first week of the month and then don’t fertilize them any more this year.
  • Be alert for wasp nests when mowing and gardening.
  • Deadhead annuals to keep them blooming.
  • Control weeds before they flower and produce seeds.
  • Gather herb leaves before their flowers bloom.
  • Divide overcrowded spring-flowering perennials.
  • Make plans for your autumn planting of trees, shrubs and perennials.
  • Early September is an ideal time for sowing grass seed or establishing a new lawn. Prepare now to renovate that tired lawn.
  • Divide and transplant garden lilies and lilies-of-the-valley.
  • Sow seeds of California poppy, columbine, delphinium, and gloriosa and Shasta daisy.
  • Take cuttings of begonias, coleus and impatiens for winter houseplants.

Adapted from “Seeds of Hope… Harvest of Pride!” – Gardener’s Checklist, www.bright.net/~gardens/index.html