The most important thing this month is to enjoy your garden as for many gardeners the month of August begins the downhill slide into off season. Warm climate gardeners have a second chance as August is usually one of the hottest months of the year and best time simply enjoy your garden and all the hard work we've put into it.
Remember to water and feed:
Water your plants regularly, especially those in hanging baskets, pots or containers as well as climbers and roses growing against a sunny wall. Newly planted areas water every day as many plants will not recover from a drought. If possible, set up an automatic watering system for borders even containers and newly planted areas. To ensure that next year's buds develop well Keep your Camellias and Rhododendrons well watered at this time of year. Feed patio container plants with a liquid fertiliser every fortnight.
Mow regularly but slow down on feed and water. Don't worry if your lawn is looking brown, the autumn rains will soon make it green again. It is a waste of time and will promote vigorous growth that may not stand up to the rigours of winter. Come autumn, feed with a high phosphate content fertiliser to promote root growth and strengthen the grass for winter.
If it has grown out of control whilst you have been away cut it first with the mower blades on the highest setting and then on progressively lower settings until back to the usual level – this will train the grass to grow leafily again. Lawn growth slows down in late summer so raise the cutting height of your lawn mower to help the grass cope.
If you are planning a new lawn, start preparing the area by digging and clearing weeds.Give it time to settle.
If your lawn is infested by ants, brush out the nests on a dry day. Always brush them away before mowing. Is is now a good time to treat lawn chafers and leatherjackets with nematodes.
Weeding. Boring but vital. Keep on top of weeds in borders, containers, all your pots and the vegetable gardens. Weeds not only look messy but use valuable moisture in the ground. Weeding on a sunny day will ensure weeds left on the surface dry out and die in the warmth. While clearing borders, Tt
Keep hedges neat and under control for both their appearance and good relations with the neighbours
It is also great tim to photograph the garden now to help you plan any changes in autumn and spring.