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August in the Garden

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2013

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The first day of autumn has arrived on our doorsteps bringing grey skies, wind and rain – don’t let the grey skies dampen your spirits today. The temperatures are still quite high and these moist and humid conditions will provide excellent growth conditions for many plants about the garden and there is still load of colourful plants and blooms to be treated to about the garden throughout the month of August. Don’t miss the chance to WIN €75 worth of Plants handpicked for you by your CountryLife Horticulturist this month – simply visit our competition page for details on how to win at www.countrylife.ie/handpicked. Now to get down to some gardening business and see what should be keeping your green fingers busy this month in the garden.

Flowers

  • Remove any dead wood from your shrubs and climbers. This helps redirect the plant’s energy into producing more growth and also gives it the space to do so.
  • Dead head and feed your bedding plants.
  • Be sure to check hanging baskets and window boxes for pests such as aphids. Spray them with a garden hose to knock the majority of insects off and then treat the plants with a general insecticide to keep pests at bay.
  • Early flowering climbers such as clematis Montana should be pruned now to ensure they flower next spring.
  • Fill in the gaps in pots, beds, borders and planters with mature bedding specimens.
  • Cut back unsightly dead flower stems on early flowering perennials. On specimens such as berginia cordifolia you may decide to leave the seed head as these can add character to the garden at this time of year.
  • Spray your roses for pests and diseases such as aphids, greenfly, blackfly, mildew and rust. Cut back any stems with dead flowers to an outward facing node further down the stem. This will help to prolong flowering. Cut back any over grown shoots to keep the uniformity of the plant. If roses are well looked after, most varieties will flower up to first frost.

Colourful Planting

Fruit & Veg

  • Use netting to protect blackberries, autumn raspberries and other berries from birds.
  • Transplant well-rooted strawberry runners and trim the leaves from strawberries that have finished fruiting.
  • Use a fork to ease onions from the soil to prepare them for harvesting.
  • Water crops regularly, especially during spells of hot weather.

Around the Garden

  • Feed your lawn if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to treat it for weeds and moss. If you have a small lawn it is a good idea to remove flower heads of weeds by hand before they go to seed and multiply.
  • Buy or build compost bins to help recycle all your kitchen and garden waste.

If you have any further questions for this August about the garden, please feel free to contact us on hello@countrylife.ie or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Gardening,

Fergal.
August 2013

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Fergal’s Bio
Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal