Step back and admire your handy work. Regular monitoring helps with spotting disease or insect problems early, making the issues easier to correct before they cause serious damage.
Many annuals, and some perennials, benefit from dead heading. This also stops the plant from wasting energy in making seed resulting in more flowers.
Morning is always the best time to water due to less moisture being lost to evaporation. Watering in the morning also helps with disease control.
Check your compost pile for moisture, and be sure to keep it from drying out. Turning your compost and getting it more air also helps to speed up decomposition.
Keep weeding, and make sure that you pay close attention to removing weeds that are about to spread seed.
Use Glyphosate mixed at the tough brush rate for poison ivy control. This is most effective when done early in the month.
Japanese Knotweed should flower at the end of the month. This is the best time to treat it with an herbicide.
Later in the month it is safe to lift and divide spring blooming perennials where needed.
Hot, dry weather is most favorable for spider mites, so be on the lookout and treat if necessary.
Picking young fruit frequently will encourage more fruiting in vegetables. Older beans and squash tend to be tougher too.
When onion plants have died back, dig the bulbs and cure them in warm dry ventilated areas.
Cool season crops like lettuce and beets can be started from seed now.
Harvest potatoes when the foliage has turned yellow and died. Dry the potatoes first, and then store them in a cool, dark place.
How do I know that a cantaloupe is ready? It separates easily from the vine.
If growing dry beans; harvest when the foliage has dried.
Prune out and remove raspberry canes that bore fruit this spring.
Harvest sweet corn when kernels are plump; wait too long and you will lose the sweetness of the corn.
When using a broadleaf weed killer, be careful that the temperature and humidity is not too high, as this will damage cool season grasses.
The end of the month is a good time to treat Japanese beetle grubs with Milky spore disease. Ask us how.
Make plans to dethatch and aerate around Labor Day if needed.
If a new lawn, or an old one, needs refurbishing start planning now as September is the best time to plant for the year.
Always water in the morning to help prevent disease.
Where possible, always mulch your grass clippings back into the lawn.
Organic fertilizers are safer for the lawn during hot weather, as the lower nitrogen levels are less likely to burn.