August gardening jobs for the month

Our handy guide to gardening jobs for the month of August. Please note gardening will be very much dependent on the weather in your area with the timings given as a guide only.

Kitchen Garden

  • Cut out raspberry canes at ground level after harvesting
  • Pick early apples as soon as they will release easily
  • Support heavily laden branches of plums
  • Summer prune wall trained fruit trees
  • Pinch out side shoots from tomatoes and remove a few leaves to help fruit ripen
  • Feed marrows and courgettes once a week with a liquid fertiliser

Flower Garden

  • Plant Colchicums, autumn flowering crocus and hardy cyclamen
  • Clip yew and other hedges
  • Water hanging baskets daily and feed once a week
  • Spray roses to control pests and diseases
  • Prune rambling roses after flowering
  • Sow hardy primulas outdoors in moist ground

Lawns

  • Mow lawns weekly raising cutting height in dry weather
  • Apply a selective weedkiller like Verdone if weeds are taking hold
  • Prepare ground to be sown with grass seed
  • If laying turf ensure that it does not dry out