August brings small jobs and manageable projects in our gardens. It is a month to tidy up from summer, prepare for fall and even plan for next spring. With that in mind, here are some tips and reminders to take you through the mix.

Garden sanitation

Prune off dead and declining foliage from plants that are still producing. Browning leaves can not only harbor insects and disease but they are unattractive.

Remove annuals and crops that have stopped producing; they provide shelter for insects and disease producing organisms.

Clean up fallen rose petals and leaves to help prevent the soil from harboring fungus diseases.

Control weeds before they go to seed. They produce thousands of seeds that will germinate in your and your neighbors’ yards.