August 1- August 7
1. For splashes of holiday color in late fall include pyracantha, toyon, holly, cotoneaster and barberry in the garden.
2. Always bait the garden after planting new seedlings. Snails, slugs, earwigs and sowbugs can destroy your efforts
overnight. Check with a CCN Proª for non-toxic baits.
3. Marigolds and zinnias lend themselves to fall color in the garden. Seed another planting in your garden.
4. Control weeds in the garden with mulch. The weeds cannot reach the sun and can’t grow.
5. If you have established California natives in your landscape take it easy on the watering. They prefer it dry.
August 8 – August 14
1. Harvest summer vegetables frequently to extend production.
2. Cut all hydrangeas stalks that bloomed this year to 12 inches from soil level. This will ensure that the plant will
have many colorful blooms next year.
3. Feed citrus and avocados.
4. Plant perennials during the next six weeks for bloom next spring and for years to come.
August 15 – August 21
1. Check brown spots in lawns for sod webworms and grubs.
2. Clean up around fruit trees and pick any old fruit that could harbor soft rot fungus. Remove from garden.
3. Plant beets, carrots, parsnips and other root vegetables for harvesting for early spring.
4. If you are going on vacation, prepare your garden ahead of time by mulching and giving the garden a thorough
soaking the day before you leave. This is not the time, however, to fertilize because new growth will suffer if
there’s a heat wave while you’re gone.
5. Support chrysanthemums by staking. The fuller they become the greater the possibility they may break.
August 22- August 28
1. Prepare the garden for winter vegetables by removing all spent summer vegetables.
2. Don’t forget to plant early flowering sweet peas for an abundance of flowers during the holidays.
3. Walnut husk fly can be controlled with applications of Malathion and spreader sticker.
4. Divide crowded clumps of Shasta daisies now for better flower size next summer.
5. If your azaleas have set their buds, switch to 0-10-10 fertilizer to promote bigger flowers in the spring. Using a
nitrogen fertilizer will cause the azaleas to drop their flower buds and keep on growing.