August Real Estate Gardening Checklist
No matter your location, Salt Lake, Sandy, Holladay, Draper or South Jordan; Watering, weeding and deadheading are among the main activities for gardeners this month. But it's also time to harvest fruits and flowers.
By Sally Anderson of MSN Real Estate
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Summertime, and the livin' is easy — at least it can be for gardeners.
Aside from tasting, weeding and watering, essential gardening tasks are at a lull in August.
Never fear, gardening addicts: There's always something to tend for those who are determined. But go easy on yourself and take advantage of the occasional cool day to work in comfort.
August is a relatively low-maintenance month for flowers, but regular watering isn't the only task that will keep your garden in top shape.
Keep deadheading flowers as they fade; not only will the plants look better, but if they're allowed to produce and shed their seeds, they're more likely to stop producing new blooms.
In areas with mild winters and longer growing seasons, annuals should have another feeding of fertilizer in late summer.
Watering April may be the 'cruelest month,' but for gardens August is worse if the weather is hot. Even in mild climates, a single heat wave can put the kibosh on your garden if it doesn't receive enough water.
Planting Here are a few tips for extending your growing season:
Pest control Keep up the battle against slugs and aphids.
Weeds Extra watering and hot weather make August a red-letter month for weeds. Expect weeds to germinate and drop their seeds faster; pull them out as soon as they pop up.
Pruning and grooming
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