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Sultry late summer
August is usually one of the hottest months of the year - making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs.
Don’t delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms
Deadhead flowering plants regularly
Watering! - particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater
Collect seed from garden plants
Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready
Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries
Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners
Keep ponds and water features topped up
Feed the soil with green manures
Things to do in the garden this month
Trees & shrubs
Greenhouse, conservatory & houseplants
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