Rainfall and Temperatures
average rainfall for August is 3.88 inches.
The average maximum temperature is 84 degrees F., and the minimum is 62
vegetable transplants, such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage, should be
set out by August 5th and should be kept well watered if
there’s not enough rainfall.
attacking crabgrass and other weeds. Remember
to follow the label directions on your herbicide.
can still purchase “on sale” perennials and plant them in your garden,
remembering to water them well until they’re established.
rhododendrons, mountain laurel and other acid-loving plants need to be
fertilized before the end of August, using an acid-based soluble fertilizer
containing iron. Also,
keep fertilizing mums until the buds show color.
to spray monthly against sap-feeding lacebugs, especially spraying the
undersides of the leaves with Orthene, insecticidal soap or summer oil.
sweet autumn clematis blooms from late August until frost and would give the
yard additional color. This
vine grows on a trellis, or covers a large ground area in full sun.
is a good time to order your spring-flowering bulbs, which you will plant in
October or November.
trees and shrubs now could be harmful to the plants, since new growth might
be stimulated and can’t harden off before cold weather.
Delay this pruning until early next spring.
roses to encourage new growth vigor for the fall bloom cycle.
the second application of fertilizer on new plantings of June-bearing
strawberries. Apply 3 pounds of
10-10-10 per 100 feet of row.
the last raspberry harvest, prune old flowering canes, leaving only 3 to 4
young canes per foot of row. In
spring, prune back shoot tips.
the hummingbird feeders full. Also,
change the bird bath water regularly and keep it clean and filled.
August is hot and dry, remember to water everything, including the compost
August 15, lawn renovations and reseeding can begin for cool season grasses.
area bird sightings during August include:
bellied woodpecker, Red headed woodpecker, Hairy woodpecker, Downy woodpecker,
Pileated woodpecker, Muscovy duck, Lesser scaup, Canada goose, American
goldfinch, Carolina wren, Tufted titmouse, White breasted nuthatch, Mourning
dove, Carolina chickadee, Eastern bluebird, American crow, Northern cardinal,
American robin, Great horned owl, Eastern screech owl, Great blue heron, Little
blue heron, Tree swallow, Ruby throat hummingbird, Wood thrush, Kingfisher,
Whip-poor-will, Bald eagle, Wild turkey, Yellow throated warbler, Wild turkey,
Purple finch and Kildeer.
may see in August include:
Morning glories, Wild morning
glories, False sunflower (Asteraceae), Black-eyed Susan, Goldenrod, Ironwood,
Butterfly weed, Tomato, Squash, Cucumber, Bell peppers, Beans, Impatiens,
Petunias, Wax begonias, Tuberous begonias, Salvia, Nicotiana, Butterfly bush,
Wild aster, Beggar ticks (Stick tights) and Joe Pye weed.
Butterflies you may see include:
Monarch, eastern tiger swallow tail and greater fritillaries.
information has been created by the Cumberland County Master Gardeners
Association, Crossville TN