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temperatures in southern California are at their highest in August making it a
challenging month to keep gardens looking their best.
Remove Nonproducing Vegetable Plants: We sometime continue to water vegetables
plants that have produced little or no vegetables. By August, most vegetables
planted in spring have already yielded a sizable crop. Remove those that are
past their prime or have failed to produce. Focus your attention (and water) on
Add Plants That Love Hot Weather: If you want to spruce up your flower
garden, add splashes of summer color with perennials that can take the heat.
These include California fuchsia, chalk live-forevers (which produce long shoots
of red flowers), yarrow, lantana and sage.
Deep Water Trees and Shrubs: Most trees and shrubs need a weekly
deep watering during August. It is better to deep water (15 minutes on a slow
drip) than water more often but for less time. Deep watering forces roots to
grow down into the cooler and moister portion of the soil. Water in the early
Plant Cool Weather Vegetables in
until the end of August and then plant cool weather vegetables in outside
containers. Vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, chard, kale, leeks, onions
and shallots. Place the containers in a shady location.
Clean Up Annuals: Your annuals may start to look a little raggedy in August. Remove dead
blooms and stems to encourage new growth.
Cut Back Poor Growing Perennials: If perennials are struggling in the
summer heat, cut them back to only a few inches tall. They will start to regrow
in fall or early spring.
Care: Feed, prune and water roses weekly or biweekly to encourage
flowering into the fall and beyond. Faded flowers should be removed immediately
to encourage new budding. Gently prune rose bushes to shape and strengthen
Re-evaluate Your Landscaping: Even with water conservation efforts,
water costs are still rising. August is a good
time to examine your landscaping--decide which trees and plants are doing well
without much water and which are not--and then plan to make changes to a more
water-efficient landscape when the weather cools.
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