After a hot and dry June and July, gardeners are beginning to wonder what to do next in their gardens. Here Paraic shares all of his advice for what you should do in your garden in August.
- After the hot and dry spell, lawns will benefit massively from a feed of fertiliser this August. Apply Osmo Park & Fairway fertiliser for a lush, green lawn. This fertiliser will green the lawn, without forcing new growth. It will help to create a rich green lawn for the autumn period.
- If you have any bare patches in your lawn apply Green Velvet lawn seed, before rain is promised. This will help to fill in bare or damaged lawn areas.
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- Plant blueberries now in large pots or directly out into your garden soil. Blueberry plants produce their fruit in August, you may even be lucky enough to purchase plants with some ripening blueberries attached. Blueberries love lime free soil so when planting mix some Growise Ericaceous compost and a handful of Ericaceous Plant Food into the soil. Finally, remember to water the soil well.
- Why not plant potatoes this Autumn? If you plant the new potato, autumn range “Duke of York” from Horkans this month you will have new potatoes by Christmas. Simply pot the tubers into a large plastic pot or a potato bag. Add in Growise Ericaceous compost and place on your patio. The young shoots will appear within weeks. They will continue to grow throughout the autumn, producing a crop of new potatoes for your Christmas dinner.
August is the ideal time to prepare for autumn. Clean out your bird feeders and wash them in a little detergent. Then add some new wild bird feeds to prepare for the busy wild bird season in September.
- Did you know you can get plants for free? Yes, August is a time for propagation!
- Choose some of your favourite garden shrubs and cut pencil length slips off the plant
- Dip the base of the slip into rooting powder and place the slip into growise compost in a medium sized pot
- You can take up to twenty plant cuttings, placing them side by side in the pot
- Cover the slips and pot with a plastic bag and leave in a bright sheltered location for four weeks
- Once the slips have rooted, plant them in individual pots to grow over the autumn
- An outstanding flowering plant for August and September is the Hydrangea. Hydrangeas are a large flower with blousy blooms that continue to flower from August to early winter. One of Paraic’s all time favourites is the Hydrangea Purple Dance. It produces large round mop head blooms in a deep purple colour, the colour intensifies as the weeks pass moving from a rich blue to purple and nearly to black. Hydrangea Purple Dance is ideal to plant in large pots or directly out into your garden soil.
- Sow your very own Scented Persian Carpet now. It is so easy to grow, yet so colourful when in bloom. It is also a fantastic nectar-rich plant for bees.