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

Installing an Instant Lawn

Use sod to create an instant lawn or to repair bare patches in existing turf.
After properly preparing the top 6 inches of soil, select quality sod. The grass should be dark green, free of weeds and pests, have minimal thatch and grown in soil similar to your own.
Lay the first roll of sod next to a drive, sidewalk or curb. Butt the edges of the sod together and make sure the roots are in contact with the soil.
Stagger the rolls just like you were laying bricks. Continue until the bare area is filled. Use a knife to cut the sod to fit.
Run an empty roller or gently tamp the sod in place to remove any air pockets and insure good root soil contact.
Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the roots and soil beneath slightly moist.
Soon you’ll have a beautiful lawn, ready to mow and for your family to enjoy.
Just a Bit More Information: Gardeners in droughty areas, tough urban environments or busy schedules may want to check out Rhizomatous Tall Fescue (RTF"). This new type of fescue has the same growth habit of bluegrass but the salt, drought and shade tolerance of tall fescue. It also recovers quickly from damage making it a good choice for play areas and athletic fields.

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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 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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