Keep after tomato hornworms and Petunia budworms with another application of Monterey B.T. Caterpillar Killer. It’s an effective, safe environmental control.
Don’t forget your citrus! In order to get bumper crops feed lemons, oranges and other citrus monthly with Master’s Citrus Food. Remember to water the day before applying fertilizers. Also avoid feeding or treating on extra hot days.
Treat compacted soils and lawns with EZ Wet. No amount of water or food will do the lawn any good if it isn’t reaching the roots. This soil penetrant opens the soil to water, air and food for lush green growth. Aerating your lawn is most helpful in improving water penetration too.
Keep those flowerbeds neat and blooming! Deadhead (remove all old flowers). Cut back leggy petunias. Fertilize with Master Rose and Flower Food to encourage more flowers.
Clean up around fruit trees and pick any left-over fruit that can harbor insect pests or soft rot fungus. A light pruning to shape can be done now.
Is your garden suffering from the summer blahs? Perk it up with colorful petunias, marigolds, vinca and dahlias!
Sow flower seeds. Many wildflowers and spring blooming annuals grow from seeds scattered now. Try California Poppy, Bachelor Button, and Alyssum. Also plant biennials such as hollyhock from seed now.
Hard to believe but it’s time to start planting winter vegetables! The cabbage family members, root crops, and leafy vegetables such as broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, onions, spinach and chard are ready to be planted this month from seed. (Farmers in the valley are planting winter vegetable crops from seed this month.) Planting from seed now allows for a deep, established root system and a very long growing season resulting in larger harvests. Starter plants are available in mid-September.
Start working now to prevent fall weeds. Apply Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer. This product does a great job of creating a protective barrier to prevent the pesky annual bluegrass. If you plan to reseed your lawn next month, delay this application.
August is a great time to refresh summer scorched Japanese Maples. Snip off crispy leaves even if it means deleafing the plant. Feed with Dyna-Gro Protekt. In four weeks to the day your maple will look Spring refreshed. Just in time for the new leaves to color up for fall.