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Sarah’s Top Tips for your August Garden

Top Tips for August Garden


We hope you have been enjoying your summer so far! We’ve been working flat out to keep Singleton’s beautiful and colourful for you. August’s Top Tips is a mix of everyday little tasks and a few bigger jobs that will put you in the best place for next year’s growing season.

  • Summer prune your Wisteria to promote strong vines for next year’s flowers. Remove all the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base.
  • Keep dead-heading all of your beautiful summer annuals and perennials to prolong the season and show their very best
  • Use any water you have managed to collect to water your pots and containers. We would recommend watering in the evening to limit the rate of evaporation and allow the plants to soak it all up during the night ready for the next day.
  • Collect seed from plants which have finished flowerings and store in labelled paper envelopes for next year
  • A lot of late fruiting crops will be ripening soon so keep checking your sweetcorn!
  • Cut out raspberry canes which have finished fruiting so the plant puts all of its energy into fruit yet to ripen
  • Re-pot strawberry runners to increase next year’s yield
  • Keep an eye on bird baths which dry out quickly in the heat
  • Keep on top of weeds, they thrive on these conditions and compete with veg and ornamentals for space and water
  • Camellias and Rhododendrons are just starting to put their focus onto next year’s flower buds so water them whenever you can to ensure proper bud development.
  • We also have a selection of Camellias and Rhododendrons which came in this week if you want a little more spring colour in your garden!
  • Stake top-heavy perennials such as lilies, dahlias and peonies to prevent wind and rain damage, dead-head as you go to relieve some of the weight.
  • Trim lavender plants to limit the extent of woody stems and keep a compact shape
  • The weather will be turning autumnal fairly soon so don’t panic if your lawn is looking a bit thirsty, re-seed bare patches ready for the rains.
  • Give hedges a final trim before they stop growing
  • Invest in a water butt ready to collect next-year’s water during the autumn and winter
  • If you’re feeling strong, turn over the organic matter in your compost bins at the end of every month to speed up the process.

A few little creative jobs for you to do from your kitchen window on a rainy day…

  • Make rough sketches of your flower borders and vegetable plot to help plan for next year.
  • Take lots of photos of your garden if you want to rearrange things over the winter – it’s much easier to do this if you have a reference point.
  • Think about which bulbs you would like for next spring – now’s the time to order ready for autumn planting.

Hope to see you soon!

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The turf seems to be taking well and the other products were quality. The garden team, KT landscapes commented how good the soil was.
Laura Varilone24th August 2020
Driver was very helpful and informative, the turf was in excellent condition and fresh and green, it gave a instant impact on the garden has started to root well even though it has only been laid a week ago, highly recommend the turf to anyone who is thinking about ordering it.
Wayne Wright23rd August 2020
Wonderful service and delivery very pleased thank you.
Teresa Salter23rd August 2020
Great mushroom compost. Just what I needed to improve my soil.
Helen Everitt16th August 2020
Brilliant service and a perfect product. I was able to specify what day to have the turf delivered and on the morning I received a phone call, letting me know it was on it’s way. It was delivered with no fuss and the product (56 lengths of turf) were perfect; no weeds, no browning, perfectly cut and ALL of it has taken and rooted. Thank you.
Glen Green15th August 2020
I was having difficulty finding this product in my local stores and found it at Singleton’s Nurseries which isn’t too far away ordered it online and paid for it ready to collect in a couple of days which was a perfect solution for my needs.
Yvonne Woodhouse6th August 2020
Excellent sleepers great communications and delivery speedy and on time.
Julie Crampton4th August 2020
Topsoil was excellent quality and the delivery driver was outstanding would not go anywhere else for my supplies now.
Angela Andrews4th August 2020
Really good quality and at the cheapest price that I could find anywhere. Would recommend the turf to anyone.
Michael Wake3rd August 2020
Excellent value for money prompt service friendly staff at store when I did first order.
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