Gardening Tips for August for Redwood City, CA

Southwest Region

  • Check out local plant sales for great deals!
  • Start your fall vegetable garden by planting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetables that will winter over.
  • Remove old vegetable plants that have stopped producing; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your garden.
  • Beware of caterpillars, aphids, spider mites, and other insects in the garden. Treat them as needed.
  • Stay on top of weeds; don't let them go to seed.
  • Deadhead spent flowers; this may encourage new blooms in September.
  • During these warmer months, raise the mowing height to 2.5 to 3 inches.
  • For Bermuda lawns, water 1 inch per week.
  • Check the mulch around your plants; if there is little or no mulch, make sure to put in a 3- to 4-inch layer to conserve moisture.
  • Divide and transplant iris, peonies, and other spring blooms as they go dormant.
  • Plant new perennials, shrubs, and trees; they have a better chance to establish themselves during the milder fall months than those planted in the spring.
  • Order your spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Be sure to regularly water your houseplants and potted plants. Use a water-soluble fertilizer so that the plants do not lose vital nutrients. Do not let houseplants dry out.
  • Pick your annuals and perennials frequently to encourage more flower production.