Posted 14th Aug 2017
The next two months are crucial in the gardening calendar, and it's important to ensure you tick a few jobs off before sitting back and enjoying your outdoor haven. Help is at hand, however, as Flymo offer their tips and tricks
August is often the time that many of us will think of hosting the last of our garden soirées or setting off on holiday. It's vital to keep your lawn well-watered to prevent the soil from drying out, and the ideal time to do this will be first thing in the morning or late into the evening. It's midday when the sun will be at its hottest, and causes moisture to evaporate the quickest.
Dry weather provides the perfect opportunity to give your shed a tidy, as it will often become a dumping ground for garden furniture and miscellaneous DIY equipment throughout the summer. You should ideally be able to find everything you need without having to clamber over rakes, garden furniture and ending up tangled up in wires. The first thing you should do is empty it – then, be sure to go through it ruthlessly.
August is the ideal time to start carrying out maintenance on hedge trimming too - the key is to create a tidy hedge with a good shape and manageable height. Always make sure you start from the bottom of the hedge and work your way upwards so the leaves or branches will fall to the floor.
This could be the last chance you have to fertilise your lawn this year, scary as that sounds! You should opt for a natural fertiliser which will provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs as opposed to those which could cause more harm.
The mild outdoor temperatures will be perfectly suited for your compost bin, and as leaves start to fall and organic materials are gathering on the lawn, it acts as a logical starting point. Tidying any foliage that could have been collected can also stop your lawn suffocating from a lack of sunlight. Something like a garden vacuum will be a great tool to use, as it not only picks up the leaves, but also shreds them, meaning there will be one less thing on the list of garden chores.
One of the most beneficial tasks you can do is to aerate the lawn at this time of year. Allow water and oxygen to reach the roots, as this promotes healthy grass growth for the rest of the year. A manual or electric rake will be your go-to tool for this task, as it makes light work of removing unwanted moss.
Tips courtesy of Flymo