MELINDA’S GARDEN MOMENTS
Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 25 years of horticulture experience. Viewers from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expands on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.
Melinda’s Garden Moments Garden Tips!
New tips will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To view online streaming video of Melinda’s Garden Moments, visit This Webpage
Fertilizing the Lawn
A proper diet will keep your lawn healthy and better able to fight off weeds and pests.
Increase success and decrease risk of damage by using with a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer.
Start by calculating the area to be fertilized. Measure then multiply the length times the width of your lawn to get the square footage. The bag or your soil test will tell you how much fertilizer you need to apply to this area.
Apply half the recommended rate in one direction. Then apply the rest in a pattern perpendicular to the first. This reduces the risk of skips and fertilizer burn.
Be sure to close the shoot and stop the flow of fertilizer as you negotiate corners and tight spaces or stop to talk to a neighbor. Too much of a good thing – fertilizer - can kill the grass
Last step is important – sweep all fertilizer off drives, walks, and patios so it doesn’t end up in our waterways.
Just a Bit More Information: The amount of fertilizer your lawn needs should be based on the quality of lawn desired and the time you want to spend managing your lawn. High maintenance golf course quality lawns use the maximum amount of fertilizer while low maintenance lawns need the least. Fertilize low maintenance southern grasses in April. High maintenance southern lawns are fertilized April, June and August. In the north you can follow the holiday schedule -Memorial Day, Labor Day and Halloween. Eliminate the first two if you are following a low maintenance plan. And consider using a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer that gives good results with less risk of damaging your lawn.
For more gardening tips, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
About Melinda Myers
Melinda Myers, best known for her gardener friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 25 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure.
Outside the classroom, Melinda shares her expertise through a variety of media outlets. She has written 20 books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, and the Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide. She hosts “Great Lakes Gardener,” seen on PBS stations throughout the United States, and “Melinda’s Garden Moments”, which air on network television stations throughout the country. She appears regularly as a guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column and is a contributing editor and columnist for Birds & Blooms and Backyard Living magazines. In addition, she hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years.
For her work, community service and media presence, Melinda has received recognition and numerous awards, including the 2003 Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She has also received the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture.
For more information, visit Myers’ web site www.melindamyers.com. The site features regularly updated garden tips, podcasts, a garden club, e-newsletter, books, appearance information, “Great Lakes Gardener” television schedule and more.