Careful attention to watering practices is a priority in August. The best time to water plants is in the early morning to help prevent disease problems and sun scald. To help remove harmful salts from the root zones of plants, leech the soil by placing a hose with a slow trickle of water near the base of plants for a couple of hours or more.
August is the best month to plant cool-season vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, radishes and kale are some of the choices available.
Seeds of cool-season annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, stock and Iceland poppies can also be started now. Fertilize chrysanthemums with a balanced fertilizer such as 15-30-15 for more abundant fall blooming.
Dahlias are at their peak bloom now. Check local garden centers for some of the many varieties available.
AND GENERAL AUGUST CARE TIPS
1. To conserve moisture in container plantings, be sure to mulch.
2. For some red hot color in the hot summer garden, plant salvia.
3. Have a mildew problem on your roses or crape Myrtles? You may be watering too late in the day. Try watering in the early morning or at least by late afternoon.