Gardening Tips – 5 Ways to Care for Your Garden in August

Caring for your garden in August is very important. The summer sun has made its impact and your plants need a little TLC. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have everything you need to help maintain your garden and prepare it for the upcoming fall and winter months. Check out our tips on 5 ways to care for your garden in August and let’s keep growing together!

GARDENING TIPS FOR AUGUST 2020

GARDENING TIP #1: FEED YOUR PLANTS

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Our first tip in this series is to feed your plants with high quality food. Your plants have been working hard this season and they need the proper nourishment to stay vibrant and healthy. Feeding your plants allows them to focus their energy on new growth and developing strong roots. Try our new and improved Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods with everything your plants need for lasting blooms and colorful foliage.

Calloway’s Premium Flower Food

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Give your flowers that extra boost of power with our new Premium Flower Food! Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color! Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron. It helps keep your flowers blooming without staining concrete surfaces.

Great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkles, and more.

Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food

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Enjoy more beautiful foliage and blooms with our new Premium Tropical Plant Food. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron; promoting new growth and dark green foliage.

Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Indoor Plants, and more.

Calloway’s Premium Tree & Shrub Plant Food

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Our new and improved Premium Tree & Shrub Plant Food helps your trees and shrubs grow with more vibrant foliage! The 16-4-8 formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, and other key ingredients needed to ensure your trees and shrubs are fed everything they need for healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron that promotes new growth and dark green foliage.

It helps keep your trees and shrubs green. Use on all varieties of trees and shrubs and it is a great choice for feeding new or established trees and shrubs.

Calloway’s Premium Flowering Shrub Plant Food

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Help your blooming shrubs flourish with our new Premium Flowering Shrub Plant Food! The 9-3-6 formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, sulfur, water soluble manganese, and other key ingredients to help your shrubs grow with bigger, bolder blooms. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron that helps keep your flowering shrubs blooming without staining concrete surfaces.

Use on all flower shrubs such as Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, and more. Check the instructions for special care tips for Azaleas.

Calloway’s Natural Garden Food

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Our best natural fertilizer just got better! Calloway’s Natural Garden Food is one of the leading fertilizers for an organic landscape. It is enhanced with Jobe’s Biozome® and Archaea, a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms, which breaks down complex minerals to improve long-term soil quality. This highly enriched fertilizer also contains helpful mycorrhizae, a healthy bacteria that stimulates growth above and below the soil. All in an upright, zip seal bag, with easy-to-read directions for your gardening needs.

Our Natural Garden Food is ideal for lawns, flowerbeds, vegetables, fruits, trees, and shrubs!

 

How To Feed Your Plants

For easy reference, check out this helpful infographic with instructions on how to use all our premium plant foods! Save to your phone or print it out! Take note of the different feeding times for the different foods, how much food to use for your new, established, or container gardens, and don’t forget to water in thoroughly.

gardening tips directions for use on calloway's premium plant foods

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR “HOW TO FEED YOUR PLANTS” PDF

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GARDENING TIP #2: WATER YOUR PLANTS

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Number two on our list is watering that thirsty garden. Your lawn and garden are thirsty from taking on the summer sun and the Texas heat. Give them a nice drink of water with quality watering tools from Calloway’s and Cornelius!

Watering Tools

Find the watering tools that work best for you and your garden. We have everything you need to keep your plants and lawn refreshed.

  • Watering Cans – perfect for hanging baskets and container gardens

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  • Watering wands – ideal for water pressure control for different areas of your garden

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  • Hoses and Soaker Hoses – great for watering larger areas like flowerbeds or lawns

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  • Sprinklers – good choice for watering your yard

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How To Water Your Plants

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Most Texas lawns need at least 1 inch of water per week from rainfall or a sprinkler system. Make sure the water is soaking into the soil as opposed to running down the street. Watering early in the day reduces evaporation and is normally compliant with many city regulations.

For flowerbeds and containers, water according to your plant’s needs. Container gardens need more frequent watering than flowerbeds. To help make watering easier, try using a RapidTest® Digital Moisture Meter to help measure the moisture in the soil and see if you are watering your plants enough.

For more tips on watering your lawn, check out our blog here!

 

 

GARDENING TIP #3: THE BENEFITS OF MULCH

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Next on our list of gardening tips, that’s right it’s mulch. Applying mulch to your flowerbeds will benefit your garden in many ways. Mulch reduces water use by preventing evaporation and allowing the plants to absorb water at a steady rate. It also regulates soil temperature protecting delicate root systems while reducing weed growth.  Complete the look of your landscape and protect your plants with Calloway’s Premium Organic Mulches.

Calloway’s Premium Organic Cedar Mulch

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Calloway’s Premium Organic Cedar Mulch provides your garden with an elegant red-gold finish that is eye-catching and functional. Cedar mulch also helps repel insects and provides a pleasant fragrance!

Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch

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Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch is a 100% organic top dressing for all of your garden plants. The shredded wood mats together to form a protective covering over your plant roots that won’t wash away. Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch is attractive and can make your garden more beautiful.

Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch

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Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch is the ideal mulch for plants and shrubs that prefer an acidic environment. It is a great choice for acid-loving plants like azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, and more. For healthier shrubs, use Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch.

 

 

GARDENING TIP #4: MOSQUITO CONTROL IN YOUR GARDEN

And coming in at number four on our list of gardening tips, it’s mosquito control. Control pesky mosquitos and protect your family with effective mosquito control products. Check out our Mosquito Control Solutions and all we have to offer!

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

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BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs are the only larvicide that stops all 4 larval stages of mosquitoes! With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days, providing constant coverage. Drop a FizzTab into any pond, rain barrel, or areas where water easily collects. The formula penetrates the water from the top to the bottom!

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior

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Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior is a safe and effective way to control insects, including mosquitoes, ants, chinch bugs, fleas, and more. Cedar Warrior is a natural alternative to safeguarding your lawn, garden, and family from pests. It is safe for pets and the environment and easy to use with a pleasant smell!

Summit Mosquito Bits®

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Summit Mosquito Bits® are an environmentally sound, biological form of mosquito control that stops the larval population with corn cob granules coated in Bti. Mosquito Bits can be sprinkled in flowerbeds, containers, or anywhere mosquito larvae might be. It is easy to use and effective.

 

 

GARDENING TIP #5: PLANT HEAT-RESISTANT COLOR

And the final entry on our gardening tips list is heat-resistance. Keep your garden beautiful and plant heat-resistant color! Heat-resistant color thrives in our Texas summers for lasting blooms in your landscape or container gardens. Also, they will help maintain and welcome beneficial pollinators to your garden.

Cora® XDR Vinca

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Cora® XDR Vincas are striking, showy, star-shaped flowers that provide strong color from late spring through fall. Cora® XDR Vinca have Extra-Disease-Resistance! These easy to grow blooms flower with an upright mounding habit and are known for their strong color and profuse blooms in sunny landscapes.

New Gold Lantana

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Lantana contains cheerful clusters of flowers in a variety of bright colors! The non-stop blooms are great for attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. The blooms are a cluster of flowers with a central stem with rich green pointed leaves that maintain their texture throughout the cooler season. They will shine in your landscape from early summer to mid-fall.

Purslane

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Purslane features showy cup-shaped flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. Its small succulent oval leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. They are considered drought-tolerant and bring an extremely fine and delicate texture to any garden composition.

So there you have it. That was 5 gardening tips on how to care for your garden in august. We hope you found this article helpful. If you did, why not share it with a friend?

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Pick up your gardening tools and plants at our store nearest you and plant with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your garden. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!