Savor Summer Color in the Midwest
August Garden Tips
Stock your patio and garden with plants that continue to flower as the temperature soars.
- Annuals: Heat-lovers include verbena, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Portulaca, and zinnia.
- Tropicals: Mandevilla, brugmansia, hibiscus, and glory bower thrive on heat. In containers, increase flower number by feeding plants liquid bloom-booster fertilizer every 10-14 days.
- Perennials: Black-eyed susan, coneflower, Shasta daisy, and bee balm all stage a stunning summer show.
- Test Garden Tip: Deadheading is the process of removing faded flowers. This action encourages the formation of future blooms.
- Container plantings can need watering as often as twice a day in hot, windy weather.
Mulch Matters — You may need to replenish mulches, especially those that break down quickly, such as straw or grass clippings. Mulches should be 1-3 inches.
Whack Your Weeds — Time weeding for after a good rain. Weeds come out easier and with more of the root.
Deadheading 101 — Keep deadheading! For the most flowers and tidiest garden, deadhead daily. Deadheading 101
- Keep an eye out for aphids and spider mites. Treat with insecticidal soap. Spider mites, which also thrive in dry weather, can be treated with pyrethrums, an extract from mums.
Check our Seasonal Tips blog for all kinds of helpful information to keep your yard and garden looking simply beautiful!
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