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e m o H TENDING TO YOUR LAWN & GARDEN IN AUGUST
TH E D O G DAYS O F SU MME R CA N B E W E A R I N G AN D GRIND IN G . Your motivation can be seriously
lacking during these hot days; however, if you look at them as the beginning of a new season, there can be many possibilities for you and your home. The end of summer is a signal that it is time to start planning ahead for the fall and winter months, and as such, there are many projects you should complete before the colder weather moves in.
In your garden there are many tasks you can accomplish this month. Harvesting and drying herbs for the season should be on your list. You can air dry them, oven dry them, or even freeze them. A quick online search will explain which herbs do best which way. Any way you dry them, you will be able to enjoy them all fall and winter long.
Also in your garden, make sure you trim your hedges and evergreens back for the season. Please be careful though, there are some bushes that really donâ€™t require trimming, and some that need it right after blooming (azaleas). Make sure you research your particular bush before trimming it. This is also the last time of year to fertilize your perennials to encourage that root growth. The rule of thumb in gardening is August 15th as your last date to fertilize your garden. This does not apply to your lawn, just your perennials. Please remember to fertilize your lawn September, October, and December.
If you are not a gardener, there are still plenty of things to do around the house to get ready for fall. Now is a great time to reseal your deck to get it ready for the colder temperatures. Make sure you pressure wash it and sand it first, then seal it with stain. Re-staining and sealing your deck will help protect your deck and keep it looking fabulous throughout the year.
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One thing NOT to do right now is transplant anything. Transplanting a plant causes stress, and asking that plant to deal with high heat and a move is just too much. Try to wait until the temperatures drop if at all possible.
Speaking of lawns, you may be seeing brown patches pop up in your yard. This particular fungus loves the heat and humidity of summer, and can start affecting your yard as early as June. Treat it immediately with a fungicide, paying special attention to the edges of the patch, as thatâ€™s the area of active growth for the fungus.
So, while August may be considered the lazy days of summer, there are always so many things to do around your home to keep things fresh and fun! w
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Dori Rice is the vice president at Ace Hardware and Garden Center located at 20510 N. Main Street in Cornelius. They can be reach at 704-892-7651 or at www.acehardware.com.
WRITER DORI RICE