August in Your Garden

  1. Planning for Next Summer's Shade

    Planning for Next Summer's Shade
    Vine Maple (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It is perhaps on the most sweltering days of summer that the cooling shade of trees is most appreciated- or missed. If your thoughts are turning to what to plant for future summer shade, here are a few ideas. On larger properties where space is ample, don’t overlook the potential for Big Leaf Maple...
  2. What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?

    What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?
    English: A screen planting of bamboo, used to hide a roadway (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First we have to determine why. Sometimes it is in the nature of the plant not to grow vigorously in the first year, such as Monkey Puzzle or Bamboo. More often the root system is not growing and establishing properly. There can be several reasons...
  3. Control Those Spider Mites

    Control Those Spider Mites
    Female of the red form of the spider mite Tetranychus urticae with two silk threads. The substratum is a bean leaf. Keywords : mite acari Tetranychidae "red spider mite" "two spotted spider mite" "tetranyche tisserand" arachnida Tetranychus urticae Scale : mite body length ~0.5 mm Technical settings : - focus stack of 39 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic...
  4. Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days

    Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days
    Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) During the long hot days of summer irrigate as needed to provide the equivalent of 1” of rain per week (enough water to saturate the soil to 1 foot deep). Irrigation is especially valuable for newly planted trees (1-2 years) whose root systems are not fully established deep into...
  5. Pruning Your Vines, Espalier, Nuts, Berries and Fruit Trees

    Pruning Your Vines, Espalier, Nuts, Berries and Fruit Trees
    Free-standing espaliered fruit trees (step-over) at Standen, West Sussex, England May 2006. As can be seen, the trees are used to create a fruit border or low hedge (Photo credit: Wikipedia) VINES: Manage the canopy of your vigorous grape vines. As fall approaches it may be desirable to remove some leaves, or shoots, to expose ripening fruit to the...
  6. Organic Weed Control

    Organic Weed Control
    Malus sylvestris at Vosseslag - De Haan, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Control weeds and keep grass short around bushes and trees and among recently planted ground covers. Maintain a minimum 3’ diameter circle for each tree or shrub that is free of competing weeds. If there are a lot of weeds coming up in your new groundcover planting, lay...
  7. Netting: It's For the Birds

    Netting: It's For the Birds
    Bird netting on grapes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Install bird netting wherever the birds are getting more of the fruit than you want them to. Grape vines trained in a vertical curtain, such as in the booklet Maritime Grape Growing (#S182) are easier to stretch our extra wide commercial bird netting (#T431) over. Cherry trees grown on the dwarfing giesela...
  8. Insect and Disease Control in August

    English: female apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella), image taken in Lakewood, Colorado, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the July Growing tips, I wrote about the spotted wing drosophila, a recently introduced fruit fly that has been observed along the western seaboard of the U.S. and into Canada, west of the Rocky Mountains. The female fly deposits her eggs in berries...
  9. Need more shade? Plan now for next summer

    Need more shade? Plan now for next summer
    It is perhaps on the most sweltering days of summer that the cooling shade of trees is most appreciated or missed. If your thoughts are turning to what to plant for future summer shade, here are a few ideas: On larger properties where space is ample, don’t overlook the potential for Big Leaf Maple, (Acer macrophyllum, #M315, available for spring...

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