Weekend Gardening: August To Do List

August 10, 2019

Here are gardening tips for the month of August from the UF/IFAS Extension program:

What to Plant

  • Bedding Plants: The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heat tolerant vinca, gaillardia, bulbine, and coleus.
  • Bulbs:Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted any time of the year, even late summer.
  • Herbs: Herbs that can be planted from plants (not seeds) include bay laurel, ginger,Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.
  • Vegetables: This month starts the fall planting season. Many cool season crops can be planted now, including a final crop of warm-season vegetables such as pepper. Tomato can be planted for the fall garden.
What to Do
  • Lawn problems: Damaged areas can be the result of insects, disease, or irrigation problems. Be sure to determine the cause so the proper remedy is used. Use a sharp mower blade and only remove 1/3 of grass blade to reduce stress on the lawn.
  • Palms: If older fronds are yellowing, you may have a magnesium or potassium deficiency. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer.
  • Poinsettias: Pinch back poinsettias and mums before the end of the month to allow time for buds to form for winter bloom.
  • Ornamental Plants: Rapid growth and leaching rains may result in nutrient deficiencies in some plants. Fertilize those plants that show signs of deficiencies.
  • Bedding Plants: Remove spent blooms, cut back, and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to extend the bloom season into the fall months.
What To Do Every Month
  • Adjust irrigation based on rainfall.
  • Deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms.
  • Monitor the garden for insects and disease.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials and water until established.


4 Responses to “Weekend Gardening: August To Do List”

  1. Alice Anderson on August 12th, 2019 12:45 am

    Thanks for the planting tips. When do I plant Hibiscus plant and Hydrangea plant?

  2. Shirley Cook on August 11th, 2019 9:48 am

    Thank you for the fall tips. Going to go look for some tomato plants. Any other suggestions for vegetables f
    or fall?go

  3. Sarah Manley on August 10th, 2019 11:02 pm

    When is a good time to plant mustards seeds and turnip

  4. Kim Lane on August 10th, 2019 11:42 am

    Thank you. Very helpful info. I plan to start gardening this fall for the first time. -Kim

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