August is often one of the driest months of the year, making it a welcome time to get out and enjoy the outdoors.It is a time when gardens often become a whole lot livlier and with BBQ’s blazing, al fresco dining and lots of outdoor fun being enjoyed, the garden becomes the place to be.
There are a few jobs worth doing in the garden during August but don’t worry, here at Wilko, we have everything you need to get your to do’s done and make the most of the great weather.
Water difference a few dry days make
With August often being dry, it is important to water thirsty plants and lawns helping to keep them looking and feeling their best. In drier years we have faced hose pipe bans so always check before switching on the hose for any restriction that may be in place. Alternatively, using rain water is an environmental win for gardeners and we have a great range of water butts to help you collect rain water during the wetter months, in addition providing you don’t use too much washing up liquid you can also recycle your washing up water, known as grey water it is a great way to make the most of otherwise waste water. To find out more about grey water check out your local water providers website.
Reap what you sow
August is a fabulous time to delve into all the fruits and veggies you lovingly sowed earlier in the year. Perfect for picking are strawberries, apricots, cherries, blackberries red currents, courgettes, gooseberries, sweetcorn, peppers tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, beetroot, carrots, and shallots. It is simply the perfect time to really enjoy seasonal, home grown grub. Throw the veggies on the BBQ or use the fruit to create gorgeous pies, crumbles, ice creams and mocktails. Yummy.
Should the weather live up to expectations this month, cooking outdoors it a really sociable way to serve up family meal times. We have a great range of BBQ’s and accessories from disposable BBQs for days out, picnics or just sheer convenience through to family grills and cooking stations. Don’t forget to check out our range of equipment, coals and flavoured smoking chips to add that special touch this summer.
Make sure you have somewhere to relax in comfort in style. We have a great range of outdoor furniture to suit everyone’s style from bistro sets and outdoor lounge sets through to sets especially for the kids. All of our furniture is high quality at great prices, check out the full range here.
Keep the kids entertained
We have got plenty to keep the kids (and the adults) busy this summer with our range of outdoor games, paddling pools and bikes. Kids love to be outdoors splashing around, exploring and playing team games so check out the range in store and online for a shed full of fun!
Don’t forget the sun cream!
Always remember to stay safe in the sun by covering up and protecting your skin. In addition to hats and sunglasses don’t forget the sun cream– even on the mildest day the sun can be powerful.
August garden check list
Fruit and Veg
- Prune raspberries and gooseberries
- Continue sowing leafy salad crops
- Take cuttings of woody herbs
- Plant/ separate rooted strawberry runners
- Take cuttings from tender perennials
- Trim lavender
- Feed ericaceous shrubs, which include Rhododendron, Camellia, Azalea and summer-flowering heathers
- Prune rambling roses
- Raise blades when trimming the lawn
- Check for local restrictions, but where possible keep watering