Tuesday 22 Aug 2017

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August Gardening Tips

Use these August gardening tips to get your gardens through this last month of summer:

Lawn

  • Late summer is the most effective time to control fire ants with baits.
  • Treat lawns for grubs only if you find more than 5 grubs per square foot.
  • August is the last month to fertilize bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, and zoysiagrass. It is recommended to apply 1 pound of Nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.

Trees, Shrubs and Flowers

  • Now is the time to start making plans for planting trees. Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs in the landscape. August is a good time to analyze your site and make decisions on what to plant this coming fall.
  • Do not prune or fertilize landscape shrubs for the remainder of the year to allow them to prepare for dormancy. Properly acclimated plants have a greater degree of winter hardiness.
  • Fall webworms form large masses of webbing on branch ends but usually do not cause much damage. If unsightly, rip webs open with a long pole or disrupt with a strong stream of water.
  • Pull up tired annuals and dead-head those that are healthy.
  • Get a second bloom from faded annuals by cutting them back by one third their height, then feed with a liquid fertilizer.

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Be on the outlook for the pecan weevil. The pecan weevil usually emerges from the soil in early August after a significant rainfall. Treatments should begin the first of August after a rainfall. Drench the trunk and lower limbs with insecticide (Sevin).
  • Order seed for your fall garden.
  • To grow your own transplants, start seed of broccoli, kale, collard, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, and cauliflower in containers of potting soil this month.
  • Sow parsley seed direct in the garden or in containers. Soak seed in warm water for 6 to 8 hours before sowing.
  • Sow lettuce, spinach, arugula, and other salad greens in the garden or grow in containers.
  • Direct seed carrots, beets, rutabaga, and kohlrabi.
  • Spray peach tree trunks with permethrin to prevent peach tree borers from killing trees.

 

For your gardening, landscape, and lawn questions contact the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1pm. The plant clinic is a free service open to any Wayne County resident that has home gardening questions. One can reach the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic by phone at 919-731-1433, e-mail at Master.Gardener@waynegov.com, or stopping by Room 100 of the Wayne County Extension Office (208 West Chestnut Street, Goldsboro). People contacting the plant clinic with questions are encouraged to bring samples and/or pictures that could help in reaching a solution.  Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with the Wayne County NC Cooperative Extension Service.

Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. Horticulture program information can be found at http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/. Forward any questions you would like answered from this week’s column to Jessica.Strickland@waynegov.com.

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