DO: Get up early in the morning to water plants and do garden chores like weeding and pruning.
DON'T: Water in the afternoon where the heat of the sun mixed with the moisture will encourage fungal diseases!
DO: Water plants deeply.
DON'T: Water plants just a little everyday. That encourages a shallow root system. Unless you have plants in pots, then you may need to water every day.
DO: Wait until after a rain to mow your yard. If it's been dry for two weeks and the grass isn't growing there's no need to mow.
DON'T: Don't mow the dirt! Really what's the point? The dirt doesn't grow, cut around it.
DO: Mow high because it encourages a deeper root system. (I say this a lot!)
DON'T: Don't water brown grass - if it's a cool season grass it is most likely dormant - not dead!
DO: Start thinking about fall gardening!
DON'T: Transplant plants during the heat of August.
DO: Check out the plant stores for bargains.
DON'T: Not check out the plant stores for bargains!
DO: Keep picking produce!
DON'T: Let those tomatoes get away from you, keep them pruned as best you can.
DO: Deadhead any perennials you want to rebloom before they go to seed.
DON'T: Forget to let some plants to go seed to feed the birds.
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