August is often one of the driest months of the year, and the month’s leading up to it this year have been particularly dry too, meaning our gardens are needing some extra special care. August is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors but it’s also a time that we need to give some extra focus to keeping our gardens looking luscious. It is a time when gardens often become a whole lot livelier—with BBQs blazing, al fresco dining and lots of outdoor fun being enjoyed, the garden becomes the place to be.
There are most definitely a few jobs that need doing in the garden during August but don’t worry, we’ve got loads of hint and tips as to how to make the most of the great weather and tick off your jobs while you’re at it.
Water difference a few dry days make
With this summer having been one of the driest and hottest on record, you’re no doubt getting tired of trying to keep your plants alive through endless watering! Stay strong though – it’s vital to keep on top of the watering, as even a couple of days without water in this heat can do a lot of damage to your plants. Read our blog on top tips for watering your garden to help you stay on top of it, and our blog that pulls together our 7 ways to help you save water in the garden and at a home.
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.
How to water the lawn in a heatwave
Most of us have found ourselves with parched, sad-looking lawns after all this dry weather, and you’re probably wondering if it will ever come back to life. The good news is that most grass is very hardy and will start to turn back to its former glory as soon as we start getting some regular rain again. If you want to keep your green lawn, there’s nothing for it but to keep it watered – but you must always check before switching on the hose for any restrictions that may be in place in your area. Be sure to follow these tips for the most effective way to look after your lawn in a heatwave:
- Raise the height of your mower to avoid weakening the grass
- Leave grass cuttings on the lawn to act as a mulch to keep any moisture in the soil
- Don’t water lawns any more than every 7 – 10 days, and only when the soil is dried out
- If the ground is hard, aerate the soil before watering so more water can get down to the roots
- Remember it will be green again when the rain comes back!
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, infused spirits and mocktails. Yummy. Take a look at our fabulous range of glassware, perfect for serving those delicious drinks.
August is the perfect time to make the most of cooking outdoors and enjoying every second in your garden before the weather starts to cool off. Fire up the BBQ and arm yourself with 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.
This month is the perfect time for getting out there and enjoying the fruits of your labour, so make sure you have somewhere to relax in comfort and style. Put your feet up – you’ve earned it. If you haven’t already, invest in some outdoor furniture – it’s surprising how much extra space you free up by extending your living space outdoors.
We’ve got plenty to keep the kids (and the adults) busy this summer with our range of outdoor games, paddling pools and toys. Who doesn’t love to be outdoors splashing around, exploring and playing games?
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 by up to two thirds in the second half of the month
- 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 every 7 – 10 days