Garden Tips - August:

Pick zucchini and summer squash every day or two to keep the plants producing.

Letting your lawn go dormant and dry in the summer months can discourage Japanese beetles from laying eggs in your lawn, which hatch into turf-damaging grubs. Try to limit watering to every 2-3 weeks.

You may notice a dust or talcum-like powder on your roses, lilacs or phlox this month. Applying a fungicide, such as Fung-onil will aid in the reduction of this powdery mildew.

Use BBQ grill ashes in vegetable gardens and flower beds. These ashes contain phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.

Hot peppers will keep best if stored after they dry. Thread the peppers on a string and hang in a cool, dry place.

If you are harvesting more vegetables than you can eat, bring them to Design by Lee and we will drop off at the Palatine Food Pantry.