Even though we are nearing the end of the summer gardening season, there are still some landscaping tasks you can do in August. These tasks can help set up your Austin garden for success in the Fall and the Springtime. Here is an easy to do list to keep your landscaping looking great year-round:
August is often the driest month of the year, so watering your lawn is extremely important. The best time to water your lawn is in the mornings between 4 and 10 am. Watering in the morning helps prevent evaporation and protects the root system. You should also only water for about 15 minutes every 3-7 days to keep your lawn green but protect against fungus and rot. An irrigation system set on a timer can make this a breeze.
After you water, it’s an ideal time to pull any weeds. Weeds are easier to pull when the ground is wet. You will also be able to pull out the entire root system to ensure they do not return. August is also a good time to apply biannual weed killer to your lawn. The best time is in the evening after you’ve watered. Following these tips and your lawn will stay green and healthy all month.
Towards the end of the summer, your garden beds can start looking a little rundown. There are some simple things you can do to get your beds looking fresh again:
• Pull any weeds
• Remove any dead leaves to prevent disease
• Trim and guide any vines
• Trim your shrubs and remove any dead branches or leaves
• Rake and collect any debris
• Fertilize any perennials and potted plants
• Divide and transfer clumping perennials
• Remove dying Spring annuals to make room for Fall annuals like Mums or Asters
• Clean up the borders with an edging tool
August is also the time to start planting evergreens like pines, spruces, and firs. It’s also an ideal time to plant new trees and shrubbery. Planting now gives these plants time to establish their root system before winter, so you can enjoy them next Spring. Make sure to water these new plants any week there isn’t an inch or more of rain. You can also begin planting Spring bulbs at the end of the month for tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
August is also a great time to get your garden shed in order. Take some time to sharpen your gardening tools and replace any broken or splintered handles. Also, organize your potting shed and add any extra storage or supplies you need. Don’t forget to hit the end of summer garden sales for some great deals on tools and accessories you can use next year.
If you don’t have time to complete this list or are looking to upgrade your Austin landscaping for next year, 512 Landscaping can help. We can help you plan and maintain your landscaping, so your yard always looks great. Call us today to learn more!