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August Landscape Tips

Aug 5, 2014 3:45:58 PM

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McKay Staff

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  • August Landscape TipsPlease be sure and maintain good moisture levels on all new planting as well as additional water on established plants that may need additional water during the heat of the summer. Very important!
  • Organic mulch over the root zones of not only new plantings, but also, older more established plants discourage weeds and maintain moisture in the soil. Click here for tips on mulching.
  • Newly planted trees and shrubs that show early fall color may be showing stress from too little or too much water. A couple of plants this commonly occurs with are Burning Bush and Autumn Blaze Maple. It seems to be very common for first year plantings. The best way to see if a plant needs water or not is to touch the soil that the plant was delivered with and see if there is enough moisture, or too much. 
  • The middle of August for this part of the country is considered the best time to establish a new lawn. Warm soils and cooler night temperatures coupled with more opportunity for rainfall makes for quick germination and development of bluegrass seed. During the first two weeks (that is how long it takes bluegrass to germinate) after the seed goes down, it will be necessary to lightly water each day during the middle part of the day to keep everything consistently moist to ensure the best germination. If the seed starts to germinate and you let the soil surface dry out, it can kill newly germinating seed. But light, uniform, even moisture is the key to excellent results. 
  • Newly planted lawn really needs to have starter fertilizer. Established lawns benefit greatly from the application of late August or September fertilizer applications. Another application of higher nitrogen fertilizer should be added later in fall.
  • Later August, we will be digging and cutting Peony roots for bare root sales. We are offering a nice listing of bare root cultivars for shipment in September. Established Peonies can be divided in the landscape as well at the end of August.
  • Avoid pruning or fertilization of any of your nursery stock whether it was just planted this spring or fully established. Now is not the time to stimulate any new growth so hold off on any pruning until later in October when the plants are going dormant.
  • Deadheading perennials and annuals should continue to encourage new flowers to be produced.
  • Perennials and Ornamental grasses continue to be very popular in the landscape. Be sure to talk to your McKay design professional about adding a new perennial border, or even adding a few perennials to add some color to your existing landscape. Typically, grasses are sun loving and well-drained soils will make them happy. Grasses really shine during the fall and winter months!
  • Vegetable gardens and small fruits are also very popular and need full sun for best results.  Be sure to check out our newly expanded line of grapes, raspberries, rhubarb as well as fruit trees of all kinds. Harvest vegetables such as tomatoes and melons regularly and frequently to avoid overripe fruit, which attracts picnic beetles. Harvest onions and garlic as the tops dry and fall over. Braid garlic tops and hang in a cool, dry place. Cut onion tops back to 1" and dry thoroughly before storing. Use any damaged produce immediately.

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