August Lawn & Garden To-To List


  • Water and fertilize your container plants. Plants in containers dry out easily so they may need to be watered every day, some may even need to be watered twice a day this month.

  • Perennials and flowering shrubs that bloomed during early summer will start to fade. This is the time to dead-head and prune. Trimming faded growth will allow these plants to use their energy more efficiently.

  • August is the dry season so make sure your garden is receiving enough water.

  • Start planting trees and shrubs. Water well after planting and add plenty of mulch to prevent evaporation.


  • Your grass may start to look a little brown this month but in most cases, this isn't a reason for concern. Grass can go dormant in the hot summer months to reduce water usage and focus energy on the root system.

  • During these dry months do not cut your grass too short. Raise the cutting height on your mower and never cut more than 1/3 off the top of your grass.

  • Do not fertilize your grass at this time, wait until the fall. Fertilizing while grass is dormant will prompt the blades to grow but could hurt the root system.

Save Water

  • With all the rain we’ve had lately it’s difficult to imagine dry weather, but August is usually the driest month of the year in Ohio.

  • Consider adding a rain barrel to capture rain water and help conserve water usage.

  • Water plantings and grass deeply and less frequently. Read our previous post about saving water with an irrigation system.

  • If you have birdbaths be sure to fill them, birds will start to rely on your source of water.


  • Start planning your garden for next year.

  • Order the bulbs you need for fall planting.

  • Check your mulch levels, make sure you have enough to protect your plants from water evaporation.

  • Prepare for fall fertilization by having your soil tested to see what nutrients it's missing, then get a fertilizer custom blended for your needs.

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