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Learn—month by month—the necessary gardening activities for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil testing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, indoor plantings—from cauliflower to okra, from camellias to dahlias to heirloom roses.

Fruits and Nuts

  • Cut out old blackberry canes after fruiting and then fertilize and cultivate for replacement canes.
  • Remember to order new catalogs for fruit selection.


  • Propagate woody plants, such as hydrangeas and azaleas, by layering.
  • Do not fertilize woody plants in late summer. It will stimulate new growth that might not have time to harden off before winter’s first frost.


  • Apply 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet to bermudagrass and St. Augustinegrass. Skip this month for fertilizing centipedegrass and zoysiagrass.
  • Mow often (every 5 to 10 days) to remove just 1/3 the grass height at each mowing.
  • Water lawns as needed (grayish color or curling leaf blades).
  • Stop fertilizing warm-season turf types at the end of the month.


  • Keep roses healthy and actively growing.
  • Lightly prune hybrid teas and floribundas to prevent a scraggly appearance.
  • Old-fashioned roses will experience second bloom flush, so no need to prune these types.

Annuals and Perennials

  • Water as needed. Plant perennials and biennials for spring.


  • Divide old iris plantings and add new ones.


  • Keeping flowers, shrubs, trees, and lawns healthy is the major task during this month.
  • Closely observe for insects and diseases.
  • Water.

Hand holding a leafVegetable Seeds

  • Whole state: Continue planting beans and squash.
  • Central and North: Continue planting cole crops, beets, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, Swiss chard, parsley, radishes, and turnips.

Vegetable Transplants

  • South and Central: Plant certified seed potatoes for Irish and red-skinned varieties until mid-month.
  • North: Plant cole crop transplants that were started in July.


Call the Master Gardener Helpline at (877) 252-4769. A Master Gardener Extension volunteer is waiting to answer your call.


Download a PDF of Alabama Gardener’s Calendar – August, ANR-2620.

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