Late July/ Early August Garden Chores
Finally, a well-needed drop in temperature encourages us to get back into the garden. Here are a few things to focus on:
Watering is not based on a set schedule of day of the week, or odd or even. Always water deeply and as needed. Your best bet – check the soil. If it’s dry several inches or more below the surface, then water. Daily watering encourages shallow roots – not sustainable for long-term plant growth.
Save water! Mulch landscape beds to conserve soil moisture. 2-3” of mulch is all that’s needed. Remember, do not volcano mulch! Translation – do not mound soil against the trunks/stems of plants.
Dollar Spot, a common turf disease, is showing up in home lawns. Apply a fungicide according to label directions.
Hot weather slows down grass growth! Remember, we grow cool season grasses – Kentucky Bluegrasses, perennial Ryegrasses, and tall Fescues – on Long Island. They adore the cooler temperatures of spring, and again in fall. Our summer weather is hot. You could be mowing every 7-10 days. And when you do mow, recycle clippings on the lawn – don’t bag!
Time to Harvest!
Love having fresh herbs for cooking? Take cuttings of Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme now. You’ll grow and enjoy them as windowsill herbs this winter.
Keep your veggies happy and producing! Harvest on a regular basis to avoid a slow down or shut down of edibles in the garden.
Liquid feed annuals to keep them in ‘flower mode’. Use a blossom booster fertilizer according to package directions. Deadheading spent blooms counts, too!