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Southern Plains Regional Reports

Southern Plains: August Garden To-Do List

Deadhead wilted roses, like the flowers of this Knock Out® rose (Rosa ‘Radrazz’, Zones 4–9). Photo: Diana Koehm.

Dream of cooler days. August is the month when many gardeners in our region dream of moving to cooler climes. Northern gardeners lament the month of January, but we suffer through August’s doldrums instead.

Don’t do any fertilizing or planting this month, but continue to water deeply and infrequently. Roses can be pruned lightly (by about 25%). Make sure to remove old blooms.

Enjoy your shade trees, or lament the lack thereof and plan for which trees you will plant this winter.

shade tree
Now is the time to enjoy the shade provided by trees such as live oak (Quercus fusiformis, Zones 6–10). Photo: Karen Beaty.

Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

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