August is a good time to get your garden back in check after the bulk of the summer growth. It’s amazing how much plants, trees, hedges and grass grow at this time of year, and left untended, gardens can become unkempt and overrun in no time! Towards the end of August, temperatures generally dip a little, meaning a slowdown in growth as the seasons begin to change. This month, cut back where you need to and your garden will look all the better for it next year.
Wildflower meadows have exploded in popularity recently as people have come to understand the important role they play in supporting our precious bees and butterflies. They also look stunning and lots of people have created mini wildflower meadows among their lawns to enjoy in their gardens.
August is the right time to collect seed heads from some of your wildflowers, then cut back your patch, as the flowers have released their seeds. Cutting back your wildflowers now will mean that they’ll come back in beautiful abundance next year.
Our brushcutters are perfect for the job – they have been expertly designed in the U.K to cater specifically for the changing conditions of the British garden and will make light work of cutting longer vegetation. Don’t worry if the wildflower patch looks bare and muddy when you’ve cut it back – the mud provides fertile ground for the seeds. Make sure you remove all the cuttings and add them to your compost pile.
With the classically British mixture of warm days and plenty of rain we’ve had, the shrubs, trees and hedges around the garden are in need of a good cut back after a growth spurt! Some of us have put off giving the garden a thorough trim, as waste recycling centres have been closed over lockdown, so now is the time to get the job done.
Even if you have been trimming your garden over lockdown, August is a good time for a maintenance trim before autumn. Our hedgetrimmer range has a model to suit everybody and every garden, including some long-reach models to tackle even the most unruly and outsized hedges. Investing in the right tools for the job will make it much quicker and easier. You might even be less likely to put it off in the future! They are ergonomically designed to be perfectly balanced, making them effortless to use.
Remember to check hedges thoroughly for nesting birds before you start trimming – nesting season runs from April to August and most of the birds will have flown the nest, but check for birds just in case and delay your trim for a month if necessary.
If you’ve cut back and need to get rid of the branches, why not use a shredder or chipper to break the material down so you can put in the compost bin? Wood chippings, along with food waste create a well-balanced compost that you will be able to nourish your garden with next year. Our QS2500 quiet drum shredder, a Kitchen Garden Magazine Best Buy, is a quiet drum shredder, designed to make shredding garden waste simple and effortless. If you need something more heavy-duty, our chippers make light work o
green debris and larger branches.
Don’t forget to protect yourself with goggles and gloves when you’re cutting back your garden or shredding waste.
Get your garden in order before autumn and then sit back with something refreshing and enjoy the last days of summer!