August and September Garden Chores


  • Trim back perennials and annuals to encourage a fall flush of blooms.
  • Give your citrus trees a final application of fertilizer for the year. Use a formula developed specifically for citrus and follow the instructions on the bag.
  • Remove vegetable plants that are no longer producing and add compost to the soil. Cover the bed with mulch if you’re not going to replant right away.
  • Make sure your container plants — particularly hanging baskets — are getting enough water. Some need watering twice a day.


  • Divide and transplant clumping perennials, such as Lily of the Nile (agapanthus), swamp lilies (crinum lilies) and daylilies (hemerocallis).
  • Sow seeds of cool-weather vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, mustard and radishes. Transplant collards, cabbage and broccoli.
  • Make sure your winged friends have access to water. Change water in birdbaths daily. Fill a flowerpot saucer with sand and moisten it for the butterflies. Place a small stone in the saucer to serve as a perch.

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