Here are some jobs you can do in your garden during August:


  1. Watering: During hot and dry spells, make sure to water your plants regularly, especially containers and newly planted ones. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce water evaporation.
  2. Weeding: Continue to weed your garden regularly to prevent unwanted plants from competing with your desirable ones for nutrients and water.
  3. Deadheading: Remove faded flowers from plants to encourage new blooms and extend the flowering season.
  4. Pruning: Prune any summer-flowering shrubs that have finished blooming. You can also shape hedges and trim back any overgrown plants.
  5. Harvesting: August is a time of plenty in the vegetable garden. Harvest ripe fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, courgettes, and berries regularly to encourage further production.
  6. Lawn care: Mow the lawn regularly, but consider raising the cutting height during hot periods to avoid stressing the grass. Apply a summer fertilizer if necessary.
  7. Propagation: Take cuttings from your favorite plants to propagate and create new ones. August is a good time for semi-ripe cuttings.
  8. Pests and diseases: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate measures if any issues arise. Early detection can prevent problems from spreading.
  9. Planting: Late summer is a good time to plant biennials and perennials for next year’s display. You can also plant spring-flowering bulbs for a beautiful display in the following year.
  10. Summer bedding: Remove any faded summer bedding plants and replace them with autumn-flowering varieties for a vibrant display.
  11. Greenhouse maintenance: Ensure good ventilation in your greenhouse and provide shading during hot periods to protect your plants from overheating.
  12. Garden furniture and accessories: Clean and maintain your garden furniture and accessories, such as bird feeders and bird baths.
  13. Composting: Regularly turn your compost heap to help it break down faster and create nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
  14. Wildlife support: Keep a shallow dish of fresh water available for birds, bees, and other wildlife. Also, leave some areas of your garden wild to provide habitats for beneficial insects and wildlife.

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