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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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Planting Shrubs
Use shrubs in the landscape for extra color, a bit of privacy and year round beauty.
Start with a call to your local utility locating service, three business days before digging. Then dig the hole the same depth as the rootball and 2 to 3 times wider. Roughen up the side to avoid a glazed surface the roots can’t penetrate.
Roll the pot on its side to loosen the roots. Either slide the plant out of the container or cut away the pot. Remove the bottom and set the pot into the hole. Slice through the side of the pot and peel away the container.
Make sure the crown of the plant, that’s the area where the roots meet the stems is even with the soil surface. Fill in the hole with the existing soil and water thoroughly to remove any air pockets.
Mulch the soil with shredded bark, woodchips or other organic matter to conserve moisture and discourage weeds.
Continue to water throughout the season.
Just a bit more information: Many shrubs are grown in soilless potting mixes that dry out faster than the soil in your garden and landscape. This makes watering a bit more challenging. Check the moisture levels of both the rootball and surrounding soil before watering. When the soil is crumbly and slightly moist it is time to water. You may need to water just the rootball if the surrounding soil is still wet. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the rootball and surrounding soil moist but not too wet.
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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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