With the nights drawing in, August is a good time to get ahead with gardening jobs. There's lots to be getting on with both amongst the flower borders, vegetable plot and the greenhouse.
Deadhead dahlias, roses and other perennials to encourage a constant display of blooms.
Deadhead hanging baskets to keep them tidy and encourage future flowering.
By now, wildflower meadows should be ready to mow or strim as seeds will have been self-set.
Fruit & Vegetables
Protect blackberries from hungry birds with netting or fleece.
Continue to feed tomatoes. To help with air circulation and to prevent disease, remove the lower levels of tomato plants.
Cut back herbs to encourage new growth. If there are too many to use, dry or freeze them to use over the winter.
Harvest courgettes, gherkins and cucumbers before they get too big.
Pick runner beans while they are young to prevent them from being tough and stringy.
If you keep compost in a bin, it's a good time to turn it over to keep it aerated and to speed up decomposition.
If you prefer not to use a weedkiller, try using boiling water instead. Pour it onto weeds and you should start to notice them wilting in a few days.
Continue to check hedges before trimming. Blackbirds and thrushes can continue to nest well into August.