August Garden Checklist

Thank you all for a fantastic Jeffrey Alans Garden season! Fresh annuals, perennials and more will soon be arriving for Fall. In the meantime, here's how to keep your garden looking beautiful during the hot midwest month of August.


WATERING

In the heat of the summer, proper watering is one of the most important things needed in maintaing a healthy garden. Make sure you are watering often and consistently.

On hot, humid days you may need to water more than once, especially your containers and hanging baskets. On rainy days, you may not need to water at all. 

As a general rule, your plants should receive about 1" of water a week. Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall to make sure you garden.

The best time to water is in the morning. The water will not evaporate as quickly, giving the plants enough time to soak up the moisture before the heavy heat of the day.
— Mary-Ann M., Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert

MULCHING

Refreshing mulch beds will help the soil retain moisture and helps retain moisture, prevent disease and prevent weeds.


WEEDING

With the heat, weeds will flourish. Stay on top of them by pulling them before they get out of control.

Weed in the evening when it’s cooler and also when the soil is wet, the weeds will pop out much more easily.
— John W, Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert

CONTAINERS & HANGING BASKETS

Water well and continue to fertilize with a liquid fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer according to label instructions. If a container is starting to look overgrown, give it a trim. Learn how below:


PRUNING & DEADHEADING

Pruning and deadheading, or removing spent blooms, helps promote new blooms and well-rounded growth habits. 


LAWN CARE

Seeding: Late August is a great time to start seeding!

Fertilizing: Wait until September to fertilize your lawn.

Mowing: Our Plant Experts recommend keeping you lawn at about 3" or at least 2". Longer blades help retain soil moisture, which is especially important as we start to enter in the warmer months.


ROSES

Continue to fertilize you Roses throughout the growing season (until the end of August). Also remove spent blooms about once a week. Watch how to deadhead ever-popular Knockout Roses by watching the video tutorial below:


LOOK AHEAD TO YOU FALL GARDEN

It's a great time to start looking out and planting fall blooming annuals and perennials, such as Chrysanthemums, Asters Astilbe, Coneflowers and more. They'll be arriving to your local Jeffrey Alans Garden soon!


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Prairie Gardens is Jeffrey Alans Sister Store (it's where it all started!) located in Champagin, IL