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1. continue to plant container plants


2. sow biennials (dianthus, hollyhock, foxglove, pansy) in flats for flowering next year.


3. plant out cool season vegetables


4. prune and thin out major shade trees to increase light and improve air circulation


5. prune deciduous and evergreen hedges


6. prune climbing roses (after bloom)


7. now is a good time to fertilize flowering evergreen shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons


8. continue to fertilize roses (monthly)


9. take a pinch and fertilize hardy mums


10. fertilize annuals and container plants weekly


11. Continue to deadhead perennials, roses and annuals for continuous bloom.


12. keep your vegetable beds watered well and mulch in to prevent moisture loss and weeds


13. mow lawns at a height of at least 3 inches, or 1/2 inch higher than usual during the heat of the summer


14. wait on planting bare root, or balled and burlapped plants until the fall


15. keep newly established plants well watered during the heat of the summer


16. cut back early season perennials such as dicentra, doronicum and poppy as foliage fades


17. consider planting thorny plants beneath windows, around basement windows for protection


18. plant our hardy mums, asters and pansies for fall color


19. sow out cool season vegetables


20. late summer is the perfect time to seed new lawns, or reseed bare spots


21. cut back early perennials and annuals such as pansies, impatiens for rebloom


22. apply a mid-summer application of pre-emergent weed control in the garden bed


23. late summer is a great time to dethatch and aerate your lawn


24. great time to take cuttings to propogate perennials


25. remove browned out bulb foliage


26. protect fruits from birds


27. take a few minutes each day to keep weeds under control


28. harvest herb seeds and leaves such as basil, coriander and parsley


29. harvest vegetables and fruits when ripe


30. water your garden so that your plants receive at least 1 and 1/2 inches of rainfall per week


31. Give Asters, Dahlias and any scraggly summer flowers a trim early this month to keep them compact for fall's show of flowers.


32. Holes starting to appear in your annual garden? Fill them up quickly with fresh plants like fast growing marigolds, zinnias and asters.


33. Mature cans of bramble fruit such as raspberries and blackberries that have finished producing should be pruned to encourage new growth.


34. If you have suckers growing off of your mature tomato plants, pull some of them off at the base near the trunk and root them! Place small sucker plants in moist potting soil in a lightly shaded area and keep watered. In just a few weeks, you will have new baby tomato plants in time for a fall planting.


35. Got slugs? Place wide wooden boards in various spots in and around the garden. Slugs will go under there to hide during the day.

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