You know, every month seems to fly by before I think about what I should be doing in the garden.  Is it that way for you too?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am busy writing garden articles that will be published in November.  So my brain is thinking of all the things to do in the garden….in 3 months.  So, the fact that I have August tasks that need to be done in my garden is somehow forgotten.

So, if you have been wondering what to do in your garden this month, here it is.  Better late then never, I say 😉

If you have citrus trees, they should receive their third application of fertilizer towards the end of this month (or the beginning of September).  Established citrus trees should be fertilized three times a year – in March, May and August/September.  You can read more about citrus fertilization here.

I used to have citrus trees in my previous home, but do not in my current one.  However, my mother shares her bounty of lemons and grapefruit with us every year 🙂


The orange tree, below, belongs to my father-in-law and he loves to share the oranges with the grandkids.

Some vegetables can be planted now as well, including cucumbers, sweet corn, carrots, lettuce, green onions and squash can be planted from seed.  It is still a bit early to set out transplants.
If you are a fan of palm trees, this is a great time to plant one.  Palms should be planted during the summer and not during the winter if at all possible since they actively grow when it is warm.  
Don’t add any amendments to the soil.  If additional drainage is needed, you can add some sand to the hole. 
You can also fertilize your palm trees this month as well, using a fertilizer specially formulated for palm trees.  Palm fertilizer contains certain micro-nutrients that palms require and are often missing in more conventional fertilizers.  Palm trees should be fertilized during the warm season only since palm trees will not take up fertilizer during the cooler months.
You know what?  I must admit that I have been putting off getting out into the garden.  Mostly because by the time August rolls around, I am a bit tired of the summer heat.
So, I think that I will end my “August To Do List” at this point.  
Of course, if you want more to do, you can always lightly prune back your overgrown shrubs or perennials – but only by 1/4 – 1/3.

I am looking forward to September, when the weather begins to cool a little bit and I find that I am re-energized and ready to ‘play’ outside again 🙂
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

5 replies
  1. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Most of the things on your to do list don't pertain to my zone 5 garden…but I love seeing all the different things growing in yours. Those citrus are beautiful…Balisha

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  2. The Violet Fern
    The Violet Fern says:

    I don't know what it is but this year I feel so overwhelmed by the garden! Tired, too. But I'll be sure to plant that palm tree – ha. Interesting how our fall lists differ. It seems there is always so much to do but once I am out submersed in the garden, it just makes me happy.

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  3. Skeeter
    Skeeter says:

    I too am getting "burned out" (pun)in the garden by this heat. We had a cold front. I find cold fronts in the south so funny. Our front has taken us from 100's to the mid 90's, ha….

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  4. Pam's English Garden
    Pam's English Garden says:

    Dear Noelle, I am glad we have four distinct seasons here, so I can look forward to the garden going to sleep — giving me a complete break from gardening. But I'm not quite ready yet. The year is flying by. P. x

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