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South Regional Reports

South: August Garden To-Do List

Harvest your crops and can, freeze, or dry them for preservation. Photo: Stephanie Fagan.

Keep picking warm-season crops. Canning, freezing, and drying are all options for preservation.

Avoid pruning now; wait until early spring. Photo: Erin Presley

Put down the pruners. Avoid pruning trees and shrubs late into August. Doing so this late in the season can stimulate new growth that will not harden off in time for the winter weather ahead. Delay pruning until the dormant season unless the plants are spring-blooming. Early spring-blooming trees and shrubs are typically pruned soon after bloom.

Take a picture of your garden. Photo: Andy Pulte

Take a picture. Photograph your garden to help you remember what you did and did not like this year. Look back at your garden during colder months to dream about the next growing season.

Andy Pulte is a faculty member in the Plant Sciences department at the University of Tennessee.

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