August Gardening Tasks in the Piedmont NC
Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs
- Plant fall crocuses now and crown imperials from now until October.
- Add several inches of mulch to Asiatic lilies; this will keep the roots cool, protect them from heat and deter weed growth.
- Lay the finished flower stalks of foxglove on the ground where you want new plants to grow or sprinkle the seeds from the dried pods.
- Continue to keep the soil around your Shasta daisies and ferns moist but not wet; ferns may become dormant if they get too dry.
- Renew annuals by pinching leggy growth and deadheading. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer such as fish emulsion to encourage blooms through the Fall.
- Continue to prune perennials to keep in a desired space and for air circulation.
- Pick fresh flowers for indoors; this will also encourage more blooms on most perennials.
- Sow seeds for next summer bloom (Hollyhocks, Poppies, Larkspurs, Shasta Daisies, Columbine, Purple Coneflower, Cardinal Flower)
'Plants Hummingbirds Love' find out about gardening to attract hummingbirds to your yard at the Reedy Creek Hummingbird Festival, August 20, 2016.
Add to your garden with a favorite new plant to purchase at the EMGV POLLINATOR PLANT SALE.
Great drifts of flowers, produce nectar treasure in the heat of summer for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Many native plants on view here at the Extension offices 1418 Armory Dr, Charlotte NC in the front gardens. See what will grow well in your yard.
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Vegetables, Herbs & Fruits
Lawn & Landscaping
Hummingbirds are drawn by instinct to the color red, but they are more attracted by the shape of the flower—blooms with a long, tubular trumpet. This bloom shape cannot be utilized effectively by bees or wasps, offering nectar heaven just for hummingbirds!
Read more....Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden
See you at the Davidson Farmers Market - “Ask a Master Gardener" tent Saturday August 20, 2016 from 8 am - 12 noon, 120 South Main Street, Davidson. Have questions on end-of-summer gardens, plant selection, composting, native plants, lawn care, or any gardening issue? We have gardening answers!
Trees, Shrubs & Groundcovers
- Continue to water outdoor container plants daily, as needed; make sure you have provided adequate drainage.
- Water according to the weather; water in early morning to prevent mildew.
- Don't forget to moisten your compost regularly to prevent flies from breeding in it.
- Deep watering is essential this month if drought conditions exist.