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Our Anglo-Saxon forbears called August “Weed month” which gives a good indication of what your main job will be this month, but there should be plenty of time for you to sit back and enjoy your garden.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • Good weather means you will need to do more watering, especially hanging baskets & containers
  • Containers & hanging baskets will need feeding, as will beds, borders & the vegetable plot
  • Dead head plants to encourage them to produce new flowers
  • Tall or top-heavy flowers, such as dahlias, will need staking to prevent them being damaged by wind or rain
  • Trim hedges back before the autumn
  • Water the lawn in spells of very dry weather to keep it looking green & lush
  • Keep on top of weeds! Use weed killer on paths & drives

Flowers to sow…

  • Roses
  • Californian poppy
  • Dahlias
  • Lilies
  • Calendula (Pot Marigolds)
  • Cornflowers
  • Forget me not

Vegetables to grow…

These seeds can be sown straight into the soil outside:

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Pak choi
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Turnips

Wildlife Gardening in August…

  • Continue to feed the birds
  • Keep bird baths clean and full of fresh water. Check regularly in hot weather
  • Adult frogs/toads will leave the pond this month
  • Marigolds planted around vegetable plots will attract hoverflies which eat aphids
  • Leave a pile of twigs & seed heads aside for wildlife to feast upon before they hibernate in the autumn
  • Choose annuals/perennials for next year to attract pollinating insects
  • If you are trimming hedges, check for nests! Some birds, such as blackbirds & thrushes continue nesting late

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We have parking spaces for up to 450 cars and easy access both onto and off of the A127, which is the main dual-carriage way into Southend-on-Sea. The A127 is off Junction 29 of the M25 which is a 10 minute drive to our door. Plan your visit to Summerhill today. We can’t wait to see you.

Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ