August has always been one of my least favorite months in the garden; but the heavy rains of spring this year produced abundant fragrance, flowering and foliage.
We have such a short flowering and growing season here in New England that any extra time to have a nice border is greatly appreciated. However, at this time of the season, there are always a few holes to fill with late-flowering annuals or perennials. Your gardens are an ever-changing scene of moving beauty.
Plantations that looked good last year can be oversized and in desperate need of division or transplanting. This task can be tackled in September when the weather is cooler. Then you can venture into your borders and transplant a few specimens so that each plant has its own space with lots of air circulation and can function with optimal health.
Divide plants that have been in the ground for four years or more, as you’ve probably noticed that they don’t bloom as profusely. I’m sure you have other gardeners who will be delighted to receive some of the divisions.
Keeping your garden fresh:
Stay on course to keep your garden looking fresh and cheerful. After the hot and dry days we have had lately, watering is of major importance. Make sure your garden receives at least an inch of water per week with containers that require a daily dose of water, in the early morning and early evening.
Edging soaking hoses are a much more efficient watering method as the water goes directly to the roots where it is needed. With soaker pipes you won’t lose 40 percent of moisture through evaporation and with this method you also prevent water from falling on the foliage which can lead to disease and mold.
When you cut back tired annuals, you will soon see a new bloom. If on closer inspection you notice that your borders are looking a bit tired and in need of a shiny boost of new specimens to spice things up, you are in luck because right now the garden centers offer good end-of-season deals.
When the Coreopsis and Spirea perennials have finished flowering, cut off the dead flowers with the garden shears and anticipate the appearance of a bright, vibrant bloom shortly.
It is important to stop feeding the roses now in August. Roses require at least nine weeks without using up their energy, which is important because in order to produce a new bloom, roses must gently recede into a slow, healthy dormancy before the first frost. In my September tips, I will give you suggestions for partial pruning of roses in early fall, followed by a second pruning the following April. This double pruning method produces the healthiest and most prolific bloom.
Every two weeks, give your containers a little extra composted manure when watering, which will keep these miniature gardens bright and cheerful until early fall. Add manure over natural brown mulch, as manure and mulch help retain moisture and help retard weeds.
In the morning, if you don’t have time to water the containers before you go to work or shopping, simply empty your ice cube trays into the containers, this will provide a slow release watering until you can. add more when you return. residence.
With the high heat and humidity that we have experienced recently, powdery mildew can show up on some species like summer phlox, beetle, and hydrangea. If you notice this problem, I suggest you spray with my remedy a gallon of water in a spray bottle, adding a tablespoon of baking soda and a drizzle of vegetable oil. Always spray in the morning before the temperature and humidity numbers, combined together, equal 160.
Keep adding more composted manure to vegetables each month, as vegetables, especially annual vegetables, eat a lot. To prevent animals from nibbling on your precious bounty, place an old basket or piece of carpet on which your dog has been lying among the vegetables; these scents help keep furry marauders away.
Place your peony orders now so they can be delivered for September planting. September is the only suitable month for transplanting, dividing or planting new peonies.
After the first hard frost in November, cut any existing peonies six inches off the ground and add some natural brown mulch around them to protect the pink-eyed roots, which are close to the soil surface. When planting peonies or transplanting them make sure that the ‘pink eyes’ on the roots are barely covered with soil, if you plant them deeper you are likely not to have flowered all year round. next.
Start compiling your spring bulb list now so that the best bulb choice is available for you.
Please feel free to email me with any gardening questions at [email protected] I look forward to seeing you in your backyard in September, in the meantime enjoy the outdoors.
About the Author: Maureen Haseley-Jones, pictured left, is a member of a family of renowned horticultural artisans with a landscape heritage dating back to the 17th century. She is one of the founders, along with her son Ian, of, The English Lady Landscape and Home Company. Maureen and Ian are landscapers and garden experts, who believe that everyone deserves to live in an eco-responsible environment and enjoy the pleasure it brings. Maureen learned her design skills from her mother and grandmother, and honed her horticultural and construction skills while working in the family nursery and landscaping business in the UK.