August Birth Flower - Gladiolus

Household Tips

  • Check air pressure in tires for better gas mileage.
  • Clean or replace heating filters.
  • Inspect and clean chimney.
  • Coat contact points on wooden drawers with wax for smoother operation.
  • Soak match heads in linseed oil to waterproof them.
  • Use soap on screw threads to make fastening to hardwoods easier.
  • Fertilize houseplants with Sure Bloom.

Lawn and Garden Tips

  • Trim shade trees.
  • Late August or early September, prune Poinsettia 1/2 way on new growth if needed. They must have 12 hrs. of uninterrupted darkness every night through Thanksgiving.
  • Deadhead annuals and perennials as needed. .
  • Compost or till under residues from harvested crops.
  • Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower transplants should be set out during week 1 for the fall garden.
  • Prop up branches of fruit trees that are threatening to break under the weight of a heavy crop.
  • Soak shrubs periodically during dry spells with enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 8 - 10 inches.
  • Once bagworms reach full size, insecticides are ineffective. Pruning off and burning large bags provide better control.
  • Begin planting lettuce and radishes for fall during weeks 2-4.
  • August 15 should be the final feeding of roses with Bayer All-in-One Rose and Flower Care
  • Check for grub damage. Brown grass will lift up like a piece of carpet. White "c" shaped worms will be visible. Best control at this time is Dylox. Water in 1/2" as soon as possible.
  • If you have let your lawn go dormant, be sure to water once heavy every 2 to 3 weeks to keep lawn alive.
  • Spray broadleaf weeds with Gordon's Speedzone and add Spreader Sticker or Bonide Weed Beater Ultra (already has spreader sticker)
  • Continue to spray plants susceptible to spider mites with Organicide.