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.
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.