A lawn and garden checklist might be just the thing you need to get motivated to be in the yard again this month.
August is usually one of the hottest months in Minnesota. The days are long and filled with the best parts of summer – afternoons at the lake, county fairs, and cool evenings with family and friends.
It can be hard to spend time in the yard during the day, but early mornings and evenings are the perfect time to enjoy your yard and garden and do a little maintenance.
Lawn and Garden Checklist
Here’s a lawn and garden checklist for the month of August to keep your yard lookings it’s best and to help you get ready for fall.
- Prepare for fall or late summer planting by leveling the area and removing any weeds
- Aerate and dethatch your lawn
- Keep your lawn mower blades at the highest setting to help your grass in the heat and reduce lawn maintenance
Annuals and Perennials
- Spring and summer-flowering perennials can be divided and transplanted during the cooler time of day
- Trim and fertilize containers to encourage another show of flowers
- Manage late-summer pests like aphids, whiteflies, Japanese beetles and spider mites with a spray of water from the hose
- Propagate plants by taking cuttings, layering and collecting seeds
- Continue deadheading
- Treat diseased plants and remove affected areas before the leaves drop
Vegetables and Herbs
- Dry, freeze and preserve herbs for winter use
- Plant for a second harvest of cold-weather hearty vegetables that have a quick maturity time
- Enjoy your harvest and all the vegetables you’ve grown!
- Water as needed. Early morning is the best time to water. Target plants directly and water deeply
- Avoid mold, stagnation and mosquito larvae in birdbaths, water features, and hummingbird feeders
- Continue weeding
- Add compost and fertilizer to prepare for fall plantings