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 livelier, and with BBQs 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 dos 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, for watering non-edible plants. This is a great way to make the most of otherwise waste water in times of water shortages.
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 at this time of year are berries and currants and all those salad essentials such as cucumbers, tomatoes, beetroot, sweetcorn, carrots and shallots. It is simply the perfect time to really enjoy seasonal, home-grown grub. Throw the veggies on the BBQ and use the fruit to create gorgeous pies, crumbles, ice creams and mocktails. Yummy. Take a look at our fabulous range of glassware, perfect for serving those delicious drinks.
Should the weather live up to expectations this month, cooking outdoors is a really sociable way to serve up family meal times. We have a great range of BBQs and accessories – from disposable BBQs for days out, right 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.
August is a time for getting out there and enjoying the fruits of your labour, so make sure you have somewhere to relax in comfort and style. We have a great range of outdoor furniture to suit everyone’s style from bistro sets and outdoor lounge sets. 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