August gardening is all about extending the summer flowering season and planning for next year.
Tip for watering plants
- Be sure to water thoroughly and deeply each time you water.
- When possible, water in the morning or early afternoon so the soil has a chance to warm up before the cooler evening hours set in.
- Deep watering will induce a plant’s roots to grow deeper, where they are less likely to dry out, and help to securely anchor the plant into the ground.
- Light, surface watering actually wastes water, because the water never actually reaches the root zone of the plant, and the moisture rapidly evaporates from the top inch of soil.
- The best way to tell if your plants are receiving enough water is to take a trowel or shovel and dig down a few inches.
- The soil should be moist at least three or four inches deep to ensure the water is reaching the root zone.
Prolonging hanging baskets
This is a lovely time to see hanging baskets in full bloom, but they do take some work. Check hanging baskets and container-grown plants every day during dry weather and about every second day on moderate summer days. Don’t just check the surface but dig your finger an inch or two into the soil to be sure there is adequate moisture throughout the root area. Water hanging baskets thoroughly each time, but be careful not to over do it. Unwatered hanging baskets will quickly dry out, wilt and hang sadly instead of brightly and vibrantly.