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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.

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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

Managing Leaves


Put away the rake and break out the mower. That’s right you can recycle your leaves right where they fall. Use your mower to shred the leaves. As long as you can see the grass for the leaf pieces you’ll be fine.

More leaves than you can handle? Or maybe you want to use them to improve your garden. Your mower makes the best shredder available. I simply attach my bagger to collect the shredded leaves and spread them over the soil surface around trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Still more leaves –then dig them into vacant areas in the garden. The leaves break down over winter improving the soil for next season.

Once you discover the value of this natural resource you may find your self collecting leaves from friends and neighbors. Stash them behind your foundation plantings or under evergreens for safe keeping and use in next year’s garden.
Just a Bit More Information: : All disease free leaves can be recycled in the garden as mulch, compost or a soil amendment. This includes oak and maple leaves and evergreen needles. These tougher needles and leaves break down slowly but will eventually make great compost. Shred them with your mower or leaf shredder to speed up decomposition. This also improves their appearance and makes it easier to spread them as mulch in the garden. And don’t worry about soil acidity. The impact on pH is short lived and minimal.

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.


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