The temperatures are rising! August is usually one of thehottest months of the year and traditionally a month we like to spend basking in the sunshine. It's also a month we usually like to spend enjoying a well earned holiday so, when you are at home, our team at Tong have put together a few hints and tips to help you in the garden this month!
In the warm weather, it’s very important you check your plants on a daily basis and water them if the soil is dry. The team at Tong recommends watering early in the morning and late evening during the height of summer!
CONTROL THOSE PESTS
Keep an eye out for slugs, aphids, vine weevil and any other pests that may cause damage to your plants! Slugs will attack young plants so invest in a pest control such as Solabiol Slug Killer to ensure your plants are protected.
DON'T MOW TOO LOW
In hot, dry months keep your lawn looking green by allowing blades of grass to grow longer! Cutting your lawn too short will create brown spots.
CUT BACK SPENT FLOWERS
Deadhead regularly to remove dead flowers from your bedding plants as they fade - it keeps plants looking tidy and encourages new growth. Give your plants a quick pick-me-up with a liquid feed such as Miracle Gro All Purpose Liquid Feed.
PLANT SPRING FLOWERING BULBS
Our spring flowering bulbs will start arriving in store and the choice is wonderful. Whether itʼstulips, daffodils or snowdrops, these wonders work their magic over winter to bring a colourful display. We recommend planting inbulb fibre to encourage fast root growth.
KEEP YOUR BIRD BATH TOPPED UP
Remember to keep your bird baths replenished with fresh, clean water so that our feathery little friends have a place to drink and bath during the summer months.
HARVEST YOUR CROPS
Many of the crops areready to harvest during August so start picking your veg and encourage further fruiting. Beans, peas, courgettes and salad crops are at their peak and will quickly go over if not picked regularly so get harvesting!
TIME TO TAKE CUTTING
August is the best time to take cuttings from half-hardy bedding plants such as Fuchsias, Pelargoniums, Marguerites and Trailing Petunias. These plants will producefresh, firm shoots that can removed with a pair of secateurs and readily root when put into damp compost.