August Gardening Tips
The Dog Days of Summer are here!
So let’s all exchange our gardening hat for a sombrero and head for the beach! Grab your favorite gardening magazines, or that new gardening book that’s been sitting on the shelf and start to plan the gardening year. For me the gardening year always starts in September when I order bulbs and seeds and anticipate the first rains, which the weather folks say will come early. By late September I’ll be renewed and ready to plant.
If you only have time for one thing in the garden now, then spend that time mulching. A three inch layer of organic mulch added to the garden will help the soil retain moisture, suppress the weeds and add a finished look while you wait for planting time to roll around.
Late Summer Rose Clean Up
Does your rose garden look tired? Time for a rose cleanup. A trim and final fertilize on the roses now will signal your roses to rest during the high heat days and stimulate and extend the bloom ’till the end of the year.
The Soap Trick
When you do get back to gardening and can’t find where you left your gloves, here’s a quick fix. Scrape your nails on a bar of soap before heading tout to dig. The soap keeps the dirt away…try it!
Planning on taking out the Lawn?
Why go with artificial turf or gravel when you can have a lush green carpet from a “no mow” lawn. Check out the Los Angeles Times article on lawn alternatives.
Linda McKendry is owner of Linda McKendry Garden Design & Rose Care, a landscape design, horticulture & rose care company that specializes in creating beautiful gardens for its clients, educates its friends and business partners about the joys of gardening, and teaches classes on how to care for roses. When asked “What makes a garden?” She responds, “My personal idea of a garden is a space which includes a place to sit and smell the roses, a place where you can be refreshed by the sound and sight of water and an environment where you can experience the change of the seasons.” She can be reached at 818.974.0405, http://lindamckendry.com