Seasonal Tips for August

  • You can still sow quick maturing salad crops, spring cabbage, turnips, oriental vegetables and overwintering onions.
 
  • Complete summer pruning of fruiting fans and cordons.
 
  • Deadhead flowering plants to maintain flowering.
 
  • Watering!
 
  • Cut out the old fruited canes of raspberries.
 
  • Sow green manures now as a soil improver.
 
  • Cut back flowered herbaceous plants to create a late season flush.
 
  • Prune rambling roses after flowering. Thin and shorten excessive growth and reduce side shoots by two thirds.
 
  • Protect dahlia flowers with earwig traps - upturned pots on canes filled with hay or straw. Shake out the pots every morning.
 
  • Give hedges a final trim.
 
  • Prune Wisteria. Cut back new season growth to 5 leaves.