August is the best month for seeding. Grass seeding and lawn renovations can be done from mid August through mid October, but you will have a new lawn much faster if seeding is done between August 15th and September 15th.
Often it is necessary to kill off a poor lawn with ‘Round-up’ before seeding. This should be done as early as possible in August as you need to wait 2-3 weeks after spraying before you can seed. If you would like us to renovate your lawn this fall please call us immediately so we can get to you in time!
Make sure the grass is cut high, and check for insect damage if a lawn starts to die off, especially in sunny areas facing into the afternoon sun. Lawns should either not be watered at all, or water deeply in the early morning 2-3 times a week with a circulating sprinkler.
Have the hoses ready to water your trees and shrubs throughout the month during dry or hot weather. Dogwoods will appreciate a couple of long soakings during a dry August. Native Rhododendrons should also be kept moist.
Summer is a good time to upgrade your hardscaping: Install new walkways, build patios and retaining walls, and correct water erosion and flooding issues..
Bulbs that add color to your garden in the early spring need to be planted in November. The best bulbs can be custom imported directly from Holland, but the orders need to be placed by Labor Day! Call us now to design your bulb display and place your order.
Our volume of calls increases dramatically after Labor day, so call us in August to set up your appointment for fall plantings of shrubs and trees.
Check the Garden Planner next month and every month to have the best garden in your neighborhood!
Happy gardening from the folks at Creative Landscapes!