Toby's August 2021 Home, Lawn & Garden Tips:

for the best Home, Lawn & Garden

Toby has spent his entire adult life learning the best way to have the very best home, lawn, garden, and so much more.
Each month he puts together a new list of tips to help you with a plan that will ensure you keep everything up-to-date and going great.

Check back here every month for the very best tips, advice on how to do it right, and what to do!



  • During August our lawns need about 1 ½ - 2 inches of water a week from rain or watering. During dry periods bluegrass lawns will need to be watered every 2 – 3 days. Fescue lawns water every 3 – 4 days.
  • If you have let your lawn go dormant, make sure to water 1/2 inch every three weeks to keep your lawn alive.
  • Watch for white grub damage. Brown grass will lift up like a piece of carpet and white “c” shaped worms with a brown head will be easily seen. If found treat with dylox (trichlorfon) and immediately apply ¼ inch of water.
  • Fall seeding starts the end of August through September for fescue. For bluegrass it starts the end of August through mid- October.
  • Keep mower blades sharp. On average the mower blades should be sharpened every 10 hours of use. Mow fescue and bluegrass as high as the mower will set which will be 3 – 3 ½ inches. Mow zoysia with a setting of 1 ½ - 2 inches high.
  • For information on fertilizing, weed and insect control, mowing, and watering for fescue, bluegrass, or zoysia lawns visit Toby’s Fall Lawn Program on this website.


Trees & Shrubs

    Because of our great growing conditions this spring our trees have produced an abundance of leaves. When the weather turns hot, dry, and stressful, they can no longer support the excess leaves so they release them. As long as there are no disease spots on the leaves, the yellow and green leaves dropping are from our drought and excessive heat. It’s natural and nothing to worry about. WATCH THE WATER! During dry periods, newly planted trees and shrubs should be watered once a week. Trees and shrubs planted within the last 3 to 10 years should be watered every other week during dry periods.
  • Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. VERY IMPORTANT!!! ALWAYS PLAN BEFORE PLANTING. If you are going to plant trees or shrubs this fall, call Rick Barrett, Landscape
    Architect, 913-362-1200 for a landscape consultation. Rick will come to your home and recommend the best plants for your particular situation. Call now before the Fall Rush!
  • Spider Mite damage showing up now, especially on Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus), Alberta Spruce, and Juniper Evergreens. The adult is harder to control at this time of the year. Spray with Spectracide Triazicide, then 3 days later with ultra fine Horticultural Oil. Be sure to spray the underside of the leaves.
  • Do not fertilize trees and shrubs now so that new growth can harden off before winter.
  • Do not fertilize trees and shrubs now so that new growth can harden off before winter.
  • Worst year we’ve seen in years for bagworms. They need to be sprayed quickly. Bagworms usually quit feeding mid to late August and no longer can be controlled. Use spectracide triazicide.


Vegetables & Fruits

  • Prepare for fall gardening, plant:
    Beans – Bush 8/1 – 8/10
    Beets 8/1 – 8/10
    Broccoli (plants) 8/1 – 8/5
    Cabbage (plants) 8/1 – 8/5
    Cauliflower (plants) 8/1 – 8/5
    Kohlrabi 8/1 – 8/5
    Lettuce – Leaf 8/1 – 8/20
    Lettuce – Butterhead 8/1 – 8/10
    Mustard 8/1 – 8/30
    Radish 8/1 – 8/20
    Spinach 8/1 – 8/20
    Turnip 8/1 – 8/15
  • Tomatoes not setting fruit? Daytime temperatures 95 degrees or higher and nighttime temperatures above 75 degrees cause poor fruit set. When weather cools down they’ll start setting again.
  • Continue to watch tomatoes for spider mites. If found spray with Horticultural Oil. Be sure to spray the underside of the leaves.
  • Gardens need 1 ½ - 2 inches of water per week. Water early in the day to help prevent disease.
  • Fertilize strawberry beds with Hummert Flower & Garden fertilizer.
    Here are the most common ways to tell when watermelons are ready to eat:
    The bottom of the fruit (where it sits on the ground) turns yellow.
    The dull surface starts to get a shine.
    The tendril where the fruit joins the vine turns from green to brown.
    Enjoy!!! Four ounces of watermelon supplies an impressive 6 milligrams of lycopene
  • Prop up branches of fruit trees that are threatening to break under the weight of a heavy crop.


Annuals, Perennial Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

  • Plants need 1 ½ - 2 inches of water weekly. Water during dry periods.
  • Fertilize Mums, hardy Asters, and other fall blooming perennials with Hummert Flower & Garden granular fertilizer or Dyna Green Sure Bloom liquid fertilizer.
  • Annuals looking rough? Cut back hard and fertilize with Hummert Flower & Garden or Sure Bloom. They will produce new growth and fall blooms.
  • Divide Bearded Iris by the 15th. Tops of rhizomes are planted just above ground level.
  • Divide Daylilies every three to four years. Cut back the tops half way. Dig up the entire clump. Wash off the soil from the clump and roll the clump back and forth until individual divisions separate. Replant 2 to 2 ½ feet apart at original depth.
  • End of August through September dig and divide Peonies. Make sure the pink eyes are planted no deeper than an inch below the surface.
  • Roses: The last feeding is August 15 with Bayer All-IN-ONE Rose and Flower Care.
  • Check plants early morning and evening for insects. This is when they are most active. Only spray for insects when you find them.
  • Clean weeds from beds and apply Preen Garden Weed Preventer to keep them from coming back.
  • We have had great success with Deer Scram and Rabbit Scram. Check Hummert Dealers under Friends of Toby for closest dealer.



  • Don't forget the Birds -- during hot dry weather they need fresh water.
  • Pets: this is the time of the year where your pets can pick up lots of ticks and other insects. Be sure you schedule a visit to the vet and keep those pets healthy.
  • Now is a good time to get those painting projects done. Check out our video library for great tips on prep, painting techniques and much more!


House & Home Tips

  • Check air pressure monthly in tires for better gas mileage.
  • Clean or replace furnace filter.
  • Get the fireplace ready for fall. Inspect and have the chimney cleaned. Call Padgitt Chimney and Fireplace 816-461-3665.
  • Patch up blacktop driveways. The hot weather will make the patching compound easier to work with.
  • Check your concrete driveway. If it is starting to flake (spall) call Sealmaxx of KC for estimate to save. After a Sealmaxx treatment the driveway will be protected for at least 25 years.
  • Oil spots on Driveway? Best product I’ve seen in a long time:
    Pour-n-Restore. Pour on oil spot (it looks like cake batter). Let dry and then sweep off. Oil spot will be gone. THIS STUFF WORKS!!!