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August
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 11, 2009 10:00 PM

August suggests much of the same weather and activities as July, except we are one month closer to cooler weather.

In the last article, I mentioned chinch bugs. I have seen many yards that have insect damage. If the patches have thick dead grass, it is necessary to remove the dead grass. In the fall, after it cools down, fill the patches with compost and soil to level. If you use compost now, it will turn the grass yellow. If you fertilize now, use an organic fertilizer. It doesn’t have to be watered immediately and it doesn’t burn the grass. If you use a chemical fertilizer, wait until September and water in as soon as possible.

August is as late as you can wait to plant Bermuda seed. Bermuda must stay wet until it has germinated. You may have to water 3 to 4 times a day. If you have large areas to be re-seeded, using Bermuda sod squares would be the easiest. The new sod, Bermuda or St. Augustine, will need to be kept wet for about 10 days, until it takes root. Be sure to use a roller and roll the sod. The roots must make contact with the soil.

Start locating and purchasing wildflower seed, to be planted in September and October. Remove weeds from the planting area and rake the soil. The seed must be in contact with the soil, but don’t cover them; rake the soil over the seed and walk on the seeded area.

Prune roses in early August, except climbing roses. It will give the roses time to form new growth for the fall. Shear and prune annuals and perennials. Fertilize and water for a new flush of blooms. Prune broadleaf shrubs and vines to keep them in bounds.

If you feel like it is time to dig, divide and re-plant perennials, the rule is to dig the opposite season they bloom. If they bloom in early spring, dig in the fall. If you want to move or plant palms, sago, windmill palm or Mexican fan palm, this is the time to do it. They must be moved during the warm weather.

CORRECTION: In the July 29 KBB article, the photo was incorrectly labeled. Don Klesick was planting the crape myrtle with Judy, not Bobby Fishbeck.

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