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What to do NOW: August 6 - August 12

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Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • A late show of roses from strong new shoots can still be obtained by pruning the flowered stems back to a strong bud. New shoots are quickly produced and flower buds will form for late flowers.
  • An application of rose fertilizer will speed this up.
  • Early flowering shrub roses and ramblers that have now finished could be pruned by removing some of the shoots that flowered.
  • Check young trees and shrubs for water shortage.
  • Clip deciduous and broad-leaved evergreen hedges during this time.

More on Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders



In flower beds and borders, weeds should not be allowed to go to seed to avoid future trouble.

Bedding plants in pots and baskets still need regular watering and feeding. Feeding every two weeks or so is essential to keep the plants going after the first flush.

Because the roots have now filled the pots, watering has become more critical than before.

Sow seeds of perennial flowers and collect seeds of others to sow in autumn or in spring. Make sure to label them and store in a fridge.

More on Flowers

Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers



  • It is time to prepare for sowing new lawn areas, or re-sowing in September, by killing existing vegetation with glyphosate-based spray, cultivating thoroughly and allowing the soil to settle.
  • It is also possible to re-sow by simply killing the existing grass with glyphosate-based product and then sowing onto the dying or dead sod, as little as a week later, without digging or even raking over.
  • Lawn edges should be trimmed neat around beds and borders.
  • Pale-coloured lawns should be fed, but only when the soil is moist. 




More on Lawns

Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Swiss chard, Oriental vegetables and lettuce can be sown still.

Spring cabbage should be sown now.

Do not let weeds go to seed to avoid building up trouble for the years to come.

Spray apple and pear trees in damper localities or if wet weather persists.

Use vegetables before they go over ... freezing them is a possibility and most garden vegetables freeze very well. Or give surplus vegetables away before they become over-mature.

More on Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Easy Care Fruit growing | Vegetables | Herbs

Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

  • In a greenhouse or tunnel, shrub cuttings can be taken now; many kinds are easy to raise.
  • Take cuttings of geraniums, fuchsias and other tender plants to overwinter for next year.
  • Continue to train and side-shoot tomatoes and cucumbers, and pick the fruit as it ripens.
  • Continue watering and feeding greenhouse plants.
  • Be especially careful to water plants in pots or grow-bags regularly. 
  • Prune a greenhouse peach when the fruit has been picked, removing most of the shoots that carried flowers and fruit and tying in some new green shoots to flower and fruit next year.

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing


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