It’s hard to believe that August has arrived, but since we are at the mid-point of the growing season, I thought that I would compile a list of a half-dozen “to do’s” for early August to keep your garden firing on all cylinders.
1. Fertilize the lawn with Nitro Boost fertilizer. Lawns benefit from regular applications throughout the growing season. A rule of thumb is to apply nitrogen containing fertilizer every 3-4 weeks to keep the turf thick and dense. Not only does a dense lawn look great but it really helps to keep weeds out. Nitro Boost contains “stabilized nitrogen” that releases the fertilizer slowly for more even lawn growth.
2. If you do have dandelions in your lawn spray Weedex or, if you prefer, Weed-B-Gon which contains chelated iron. Chelated iron in Weed-B-Gon is tough on dandelions, but won’t hurt your lawn grass.
3. In August, as cucumbers and tomatoes really kick into fruit production, they require a bit more potassium and calcium (last number on the fertilizer label) for healthy fruit. The Talk of Tomato contains both potassium and calcium, and can be used on tomatoes and cucumbers.
4. Keep an eye out for cabbage worms! This is the time of year that cabbage worms can destroy crops like: broccoli, cauliflower, kale and, of course, cabbage. The good news is that there is a great, naturally occurring, bacteria that will kill the worms and not harm beneficial insects. It’s called BTK and should be sprayed now. It can be applied right up until the day that you harvest.
5. Slugs love warmth, moisture, and lush August plants. Slug and Snail Bait contains sodium and iron and it can be scattered on the soil in the garden (not directly on edible plants) and works great for keeping slimy slugs off of your plants.
6. Don’t forget to use Natria weekly on plants like cucumbers, zucchini and roses to keep powdery mildew from invading leaves. Natria is a bacteria (think probiotic) that must be applied BEFORE the mildew shows up. The time to use it is when the plants are looking mildew free!