Land & Environment

Ask an Expert - August Yard and Garden Checklist 2021

By Julene Reese |

The heat is on, and yards and gardens are trying to keep up with high temperatures and drought conditions. Consider these tips from the USU Extension Gardeners Almanac to help your garden succeed this month. Also included are links for further information.

Pests and Problems:

  • Check under leaves of pumpkins, melons and squash plants for squash bugs.
  • Watch for mosaic virus in vine crops, and remove infected plants to reduce the spread.
  • Watch for holes from tobacco budworm feeding in the leaves of petunias, necotiana, geraniums and other annual flowers.
  • Protect black locust trees (not honey locust) with a registered chemical to prevent locust borer
  • Control codling mothin apples and pears to reduce wormy fruit. For specific timing, see our Utah Pests Advisories.
  • Control for walnut husk flyin walnuts, peaches and apricots between August 1 and 15.
  • Learn how to identify a hobo spider.
  • Control European paper waspwith traps this time of year.
  • Monitor for damaging turfgrass insects.

To learn more gardening tips and tricks, visit For drought information, visit


Julene Reese
Public Relations Specialist



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