The Eleven DON’Ts of August


  1. Don’t cut your grass any shorter than three inches.
  2. Don’t prune unless it is absolutely necessary. Restrict trimming to removing a few stray shoots.
  3. Don’t apply nitrogen fertilizer (manure, straw, or sawdust) to shrubs.
  4. Don’t forget to remove dead foliage as it will keep the plants blooming until frost!
  5. Don’t forget to check your hemlock trees for signs of woolly adegid infestations.
  6. Don’t neglect your beautiful container gardens! Be sure to feed them worm castings or granulated organic fertilizer.
  7. Don’t forget to trim plants back if they have become overgrown.
  8. Don’t let the heat get to you! Be sure to think about planting your fall crops.
  9. Don’t drop the ball on insect control and watering.
  10. Don’t stop removing old foliage from the garden and when you remove diseased plants don’t put them in the compost heap.
  11. Don’t forget to harvest your basil when the plants begin to flower. Be sure to cut the stems back to get a new growth.

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