What’s going on in your lawn and landscaping in August? Late summer in Ohio is known for hot, humid days. As I write this, I am out enjoying a beautiful 80 degree, sunny morning with very low humidity out on my deck. Rare for late July in my home town.
Blooms: Many of your perennials like the Black Eyed Susan, Coneflower and Shasta Daisy will self-sow their seed. If you leave the seed-heads on this will mean more beautiful blooms for next year and will provide food for your birds. You should draw finches of all sort to Black Eyed Susan and Coneflowers. A variety of Roses may get a second wind this month. By late August you can think about planting landscape shrub roses. Some of your annuals will continue to bloom in August while others will look worn and tired. Fall will be here before you know it so it is a great time replace the tired looking ones with annuals that are richer in color. I tend to pick reds, oranges, and yellows so they will blend in nicely with my Harvest decorations and Mums later in the fall.
Bulbs: Late August is the perfect time to move or divide bulbs that have become too crowded. If the center clumps of your Iris look “woody” dig them up, separate the bulbs and replant all around your yard.
Lawns: August lawns in Ohio are normally water deprived and brown. As long as your lawn is not diseased, allowing the grass to go dormant will be better for the lawn and save water. Put your sprinklers away unless we have had no rain for two weeks; then water deeply. As soon as rainfall returns, the grass will green back up in a couple of days. No fertilizer this month.
Shrubs and Trees: There is not much to do except enjoy your shrubs and trees this month. Nice shade trees are in demand in August in Ohio. Take some time to retreat to them and relax in the cool shade that they provide. Watch the birds and butterflies and listen to the buzzing bees and lonely sounding cicadas.
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