* Mulch dahilias to conserve moisture and eliminate weeds.* Stake plants with heavy blooms. * Order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting * Keep phlox plants deadheaded. Never let phlox go to seed if you want to keep colors true. * Start seeds of daisy, coreopsis, sweet william and pansy in peat pots or nursery beds. Transfer to permanent beds in late September or early October. * Cut Gladiolus blooms leaving maximum amount of foliage on plants. * Transplant and divide iris and day lily. * Watch for red spider mites on phlox. * Plant chrysanthimums for fall color. Fall planted chrysanthimums need extra winter protection. * In mid-month, take cuttings of coleus, geraniums and other plants for winter houseplants. * Plant Madonna lily and Japanese and Siberian Iris. * Continue watering flowerbeds at least once a week during dry periods. * Plant or transplant oriental poppies. Do not mulch, as they prefer hot, sun-baked ground. * Bring poinsettias indoors. * By the end of the month, start withholding water from amaryllis. Amaryllis requires an eight-week period of drought to bloom. Place in cool basement for 3-month rest. * Sow cover crops in vegetable garden areas not in use. * Cut and dry or freeze herbs. Pick herbs just before blossoms open for best flavor. * Inspect corn regularly. Corn pests become abundant in mid-August. * Keep eggplant and peppers picked so younger fruit develops. * Plant late crops of radishes, lettuce, spinach and beets. * Mid-August to mid-September is the best time to establish grass seed. Keep soil moist at all times or seed will dry and die. * Plant evergreens now through mid-September so they are well established before winter. * Remove thatch from lawn if more than 1/2 inch thick. * Tip layer black and purple raspberries for replacement. * Fertilize strawberries with 10-10-10 fertilizer applied at 2-3 pounds per 100 square feet. Thin plants if needed. * Maintain lime-sulfur spray program on tree fruit to control apple and pear scab and certain other diseases. * Collect and bury diseased, mummified plums for future brown-rot control. Reference: Portage County Master Gardener Newsletter. UW Extension Portage County, Pg.6.