August is typically a hot, dry month in Atlanta.
This is a good time to keep an eye on any new plantings and any drought sensitive plants you may have in your landscape. Some trees are sensitive to drought stress. These include some dogwoods, paper birch and river birch and your Japanese maples. Properly watering your trees during periods of drought will definitely help your landscape.Deep watering requires watering to a depth of 12 inches below the soil surface. Saturating the soil around the "drip line” or the outer edges of the trees branches is necessary. For evergreens you should water 3 to 5 feet beyond the drip line all sides of the tree. The easiest method of deep watering is to use soaker hoses. A lengthy slow steady drip works far better than multiple short watering. A general rule of thumb is to use approximately 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter. A good formula to use is:
Tree Diameter x Five minutes = Total Watering Time.
Keep your trees healthy, pest free and properly pruned and they will remain the most valuable asset on your landscape for many years to come.
A pest to watch out for in late summer months are Chinch Bugs.These pests live in the thatch area of your turf grass and feed on the lower parts of the grass by sucking the sap out of the plants. Watch for expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying grass. In sunny locations during hot, dry weather they can do damage very quickly. Be sure to give us a call if you see signs of damage.
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August in America
There are no major holidays in August that all Americans celebrate as one. There are a few days that are celebrated by particular people and religions though. If you are Catholic, you may remember Assumption Day on the fifteenth which is a feast commemorating the Virgin Mary being taken up into heaven. Muslims celebrate the beginning of Ramadan on the first of August this year, which ends on the thirtieth with Eid ul-Fitr. Aviation Day is on August nineteenth, Orville Wright’s birthday, to commemorate all the improvements in our cultural life that have occurred due to aviation. August the twenty-sixth is Women's Equality Day which is the anniversary of the signing of the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote in America in 1920.
The most impactful event that occurs in August in Georgia is the children returning to school.Be prepared for the traffic to increase when all those teachers, administrators, and bus drivers go back to work and out on the road.You may have to resume leaving a little early again to navigate the increased traffic. Parents will especially be taxed with getting everybody ready to leave the house at the same time, but, the elderly will be happy to have the swimming pools back again from all those boisterous children.
August is also the time when many plants in the garden are producing their fruit. If you planted beans they are really coming on strong and if the bean pods (green beans) are harvested the plants continue producing pods because they have not reached their goal of making seeds (kidney beans). Other things that will be found fresh at your local farmer’s market in August will be greens, carrots, garlic, onion, cucumbers, and all sorts of peppers from green and colorful bells to hot jalapenos.
Speaking of greens, when your mother told you to eat your greens did you ask why? She probably said, "Because they are good for you,” and left it at that. If you trusted your mother’s word, then that was enough, but if you really want to know why eating green leafy vegetables are good for you it’s because the nutrients in green leafy vegetables contain the vitamins and enzymes your body needs to be healthy. In fact they are the only foods that mirror our human nutrition needs so completely and if you eat them raw in a salad, smoothie, or juice, then you get the full benefit of their goodness that the body needs to operate on a highly healthy level.So eat your greens, they’re good for you!