Don’t neglect your hot August garden now
Did that headline make you feel guilty? I know it’s been/is hot, and humid in many areas and for some, monsoons have brought major rains. Who wants to go outside to do more than the absolutely necessary tasks?
Set out to accomplish these few manageable jobs and you will prepare your container garden to become a beautiful fall showcase as the nights begin to cool off. Trust me – I’ve been there.
Pre-Fall Tasks to Complete in the Next Couple Weeks
Water pots deeply if not getting ample rainfall.
Use a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
Pull all dead plants.
Towards the end of the month, cut back overgrown plants to new growth.
Check your geraniums to see if there is new growth. If so, cut back any dead wood to that point. Don’t overwater them but give a loud cheer!
Plan on planting some late season annuals when there is consistent afternoon cloud cover or nights get into the 70’s AND when the nurseries have suitable flowers.
Look for flowers from my shoulder season flower list in my book. “Getting Potted in the Desert"
If you don’t have a copy, order one today and have it before it is time to plan your fall and winter desert container garden.
by Marylee, The Desert’s Potted Garden Expert!
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