Spring Garden Tips
What, How and When to Prune Shrubs

when_how_what_shrubs_pruneIn this podcast I'll walk you through shrub pruning. Whether you have a lilac, dogwood or spirea, I'll discuss the different types of pruning and offer pointers on when the time is right to prune. I go on to answer a gardener's question on repellents. I'll finish with a new product to sooth skin exposed to poison ivy, Zanfel.

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Tips for Gardening Success
tips_grdn_suc_nov_12In this podcast I'll help you develop strategies for dealing with limited time, money and space while creating a beautiful garden you can enjoy. I'll finish with a beautiful and eco-friendly holiday decoration or gift, Aurora Glow Solar String Lights. allsopgarden.com
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More Gardeners' Questions

gardeners_questions_oct25I'll once again focus on gardeners' questions in this podcast. I cover concerns about dwarf Alberta spruce, Corinthian cherry, holly, lilac, river birch, hibiscus, and the orchid-like weed helleborine.

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Fall Gardening: Perennials, Lawns Trees and Shrubs

fall_gardening_2010Fall is a great time for planting and in this podcast I'll discuss getting your trees, shrubs, perennials and spring bulbs planted before winter. I'll discuss fall lawn care from fertilizing to leaving leaf and grass clippings on the ground. I then focus on plant protection and using repellents and fencing to keep the animals at bay. I'll tackle gardeners' questions on creeping Charlie, Joseph's coat and quackgrass vs. crabgrass.

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Room to Grow

room_to_grow Melinda Myers at Wisconsin State Fair...
Gardens are ever changing. I'll offer a few tips for helping you transform a landscape or maximizing the growing space in your existing gardens. I'll talk soil preparation, fertilization, maintenance, spacing plants, shade, hardiness and edibles too.

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Making a Difference in Your Backyard
make_difference_your_backyardIn this podcast I'll discuss a few eco-friendly things we can all do to make a difference in our homes and backyards.  I'll offer ideas on small changes that can make a big impact on the environment. Then I'll answer gardeners' on corn gluten. I welcome you to share your favorite kid activities. One of my favorites is Bottle Biology, a great activity for kids and grown ups alike. For more information visit bottlebiology.org. My pest tip covers slug control.
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Right Plant for the Location

right_plant_locationIncrease your gardening success by choosing the right plant for the growing conditions. I'll talk heat and cold hardiness, soil conditions, light conditions, and other environmental factors. Visit our Plant Guide for help choosing the right plant for your landscape. Next I'll answer gardeners' questions on butterfly bush and hydrangea care. My pest tip covers moss in the yard. I finish with a product from Moss Acres, the Moss Milkshake.

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Preparing Plants for the Growing Season

preparing_plants_growing_seasonThis podcast will focus on getting your plants ready for growing outdoors. I'll discuss getting non-hardy bulbs started indoors for earlier bloom outside. Next I'll cover spring care for those overwintered geraniums. Then I'll answer a gardener's question on Canadian goldenrod. My pest tip deals with late blight on tomatoes. Click here for the University of Wisconsin Extension publication on Late Blight. I finish with a beautiful watering devise I discovered at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show that has a little history behind it, the Thumb Pot. Besides being pictured here you can get more information on this and other wonderful artistic garden items at artgardenlaura.blogspot.com.

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Garden Accents for Beauty and Functionality

garden_accentsThe focus of this podcast is the 2010 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, Washington. There I found many wonderful garden accents that not only serve a function, but provide beauty to the landscape. You can find photos of my trip in the February Gallery of What's Blooming. I'll then answer gardener's questions on Osage orange.  With that I'll give a little historical significance on this tree. A great website to follow up on the history of American trees is historictrees.org. I'll talk Cedar Apple Rust in my pest tip. Then, I'll finish with a great tool for digging, planting, weeding and soil prep -  the Hoedag.

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Checklist for Winterizing the Landscape

oct_30_2009So much to do and so little time to do it.  In this podcast I'll offer tips on how to reduce winter damage and lighten the work load for next spring.  I'll touch on storing pesticides and fertilizers, animal protection, winter rose protection, storing tools, winter mulch and fall landscape chores.  I then answer a gardener's question on overwintering geraniums. I'll then discuss yellow leaves on plants that have been moved indoors for the winter.  I wrap things up with the sweet stevia plant.

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