This Month in the Garden: August

When it comes to your yard and garden, the work never ceases, but as English Poet Alfred Austin said, “To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” Here’s a definitive list of what to do this month.

Top 3 Must-Dos

  1. Amend your soil. Your plants have worked hard this summer, and they’ve probably used up a lot of the nutrients that your soil had to offer, but the growing season isn’t quite done for. Add compost or Bio-Tope to your garden beds to give your soil new life and provide plants with the boost that they need to make it through to the first freeze.
  2. Sow seeds for fall crops. Keep your garden alive and save money on produce at the grocery store by planting carrots and spinach now. (More info below.)
  3. Harvest, harvest, harvest — and make the most of your veggie haul. Learn more in the “Harvesting” section below.

Garden Care

  • Start planning your spring garden. We know that it seems early, but it’s not. Order spring bulbs now so that you have them to plant later in the fall.
  • August is nothing if not hot and dry. Refresh your mulch to protect soil and help retain moisture. As a bonus, mulch creates a barrier against weed seeds, which helps to keep your beds nice and tidy.
  • Save seeds and take cuttings from your favorite plants to grow them again next year.
  • Deadhead, trim, and prune. Shape up those roses, keep your zinnias blooming longer, and trim back any out-of-control or long-gone foliage — especially any that touches your home, as it can act as a bridge to pests and cause rot during the rainy season.

Lawn Care

  • Turn on those sprinklers! Water at least twice weekly, ideally around dusk or dawn to reduce evaporation and ensure that the water reaches your grass’s roots.
  • Move your mower blade to the highest setting before mowing. Allowing your grass to grow a bit longer helps it retain moisture, keeping it from burning up in the hot, August sun.
  • Do away with weeds: Weeds will also steal water from your grass. (Plus, they don’t look nice.)
  • Now’s a good time to fertilize your lawn, but consider “grasscycling” instead of adding a nitrogen-based fertilizer. Leaving grass clippings where they fall can cover about one quarter of your lawn’s needs, in terms of fertilizer.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials so that they can take root before the frosts arrive, and don’t forget to give them plenty of water.

Harvesting & Sowing

  • Harvest fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, tomatillos, summer squash, corn, and stone fruits that ripen this time of year, and use them to make stuff like this. [LINK ZUCCHINI POST]
  • Continue canning and jarring, because let’s be honest: You’re never going to use all of those tomatoes. Salsa, anyone?
  • Sow fall crops like carrots, beans, broccoli, peas, kale, spinach, collards, green onions, beets, radishes, and late-season lettuce.

Visit If...

  • You need to order more mulch or need help getting it into place.
  • You need help planning for winter. Rexius professionals can give you all kinds of info on winterizing.
  • You want to be proactive and start planning a one-time, mega clean-up before your fall schedule gets away from you.
  • You’re planning a garden remodels and you’d like to consult one of Rexius’s experts.

What’s Coming Next Month

More mulch, more weeding, more mowing. Plus, plenty of other helpful tips. Stay tuned!