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Late August Checklist

August 26, 2013
  • Dig and divide garden lilies when the foliage yellows.
  • Watch for wasps when working near rock piles, old tree stumps and stone walls.
  • Harvest cantaloupe when the stem separates from the fruit with gentle prodding.
  • Cut down stems of hollyhocks if rust-colored spots appear on the underside of leaves.
  • Plant a cover crop of winter rye in spaces vacated by harvested vegetable crops.
  • Weed the garden before weeds go to seed.
  • Don’t bruise tree trunks with lawn mower or string trimmers.
  • September is the ideal time to seed a new lawn.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials now.
  • Plant garden mums for fall color.
  • Continue to cultivate around vegetables and flowers to discourage weeds.
  • Deadhead annuals and perennials.
  • Do not fertilize woody plants until they go dormant.
  • Sow spinach for fall harvest.
  • If you have too many zucchini or tomatoes, reduce the number of those plants you put in the garden next year.
  • Donate extra produce to a food bank or hunger center.
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