Jul 31, 2023
In this episode of Down the
Garden Path, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing show you how to keep
your garden and landscape thriving during the August heat with tips
and tricks and do’s and don'ts for your August garden.
Here are some of the questions
and topics covered in this episode:
what fall bulbs you’d like to plant for your spring garden. Order
now and buy early for the best varieties.
garlic bulbs from a local farmer or reputable seed company to have
them ready for fall planting.
- Continue to trim herbs like mint, chives, dill,
etc., to encourage flavourful new growth.
ripening fruit to protect from birds and critters.
seeds of beans, beets, spinach, and turnips for a fall
fruits, vegetables, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs for
pests and diseases and remove, as necessary.
Japanese beetle traps to control populations. Remember, 1 is enough
for urban landscapes.
nematodes in mid-August, or sooner, to control white grub
populations in the lawn.
- Continue to deadhead annuals and perennials to
promote new blooms.
- Continue fertilizing containers, window boxes,
and hanging baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two
weeks until Thanksgiving or you dispose of them for the
- Apply a
new layer of rich compost to garden beds.
- Continue to weed your lawns and
small errant shoots from topiaries, shrubs, and hedges.
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Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden
Down the Garden Path
Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape
Shaw and Matthew Dressing
discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and
As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been
designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over
a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing
owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design
and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA.
Together, they do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and
useful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as
In their book, Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and
Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their
combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving
gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now
available on Amazon.
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