August

 

  • It’s time to start planning your fall vegetables garden! Broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprouts, celery, kale, collards, peas, and chard can be planted now in the West Bay. Note: If you live in the East Bay, wait until September to plant fall vegetables. 
  • Select and plant fall blooming perennials like asters, rudbeckia, Japanese anemone, and salvia.
  • Don’t forget to feed vegetables and flowers with a steady-release fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Organics All Purpose.
  • Make sure all tall and vining vegetables are supported by cages, stakes, or trellises to avoid crop loss.
  • Time to summer–prune fruit trees to control height, maintain shape and eliminate suckers. Stop by Sloat Garden Center for a good pair of high-quality loppers or gloves.
  • Choose drought tolerant plants that attract butterflies! We have a large selection in our stores. Pick some that provide nectar for adult butterflies like lantana, and some for feeding caterpillars, like milkweed or dill.
  • Wisteria: Removestreamers (long vegetative shoots) from established wisteria.
  • Feed container plantings with Maxsea. Replace spent plants with something new to keep them fresh. Company’s coming this fall and winter!
  • Mulch vegetables and flower beds now to conserve moisture. Use Hydretain on lawns, beds, and in containers to reduce the need to water.
  • Check your mature plants to be sure they are not water-stressed. Your 30+ year old plants are valuable!
  • Check Brugmansia, Lantana, tomato and Verbena for whitefly. Put out yellow sticky traps to monitor. Use organic Rosemary Systemic 209 to control.
  • Remove runners from strawberry plants to promote buds for next year, and to have a stronger mother plant. Then, plant rooted runners.
  • Plan out your vegetable garden for crop rotation to avoid re-planting the same types of plants in the same area two seasons in a row.
  • Be pro-active about insects. To reduce the number of flies, remove pet waste and fallen fruit from the ground. For fleas: use nematodes in outside breeding areas.