Jul 29, 2022
This week on the Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape
designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing answer listener
questions in this "Ask Us Anything!" episode.
Tune in to hear Joanne
and Matt respond to listener questions.
Some of the questions listeners asked:
- I saw a post online: 8 plants
that repel mosquitos. Any information that you can share with
- With this excessive heat in the
GTA, is it okay to put down lawn fertilizer? If so, any
- What is the best mulch to use,
and what is the best way to mulch a perennial bed? Lots? Little?
- My backyard is mostly shady all
the time. What plants can I grow that may look nice without
(basically) any sun? My yard may get about 4 hours of sunlight per
day due to high buildings and trees.
- I did a soil pH test. What is
the best solution for raising soil pH levels? When is the best time
to water my plants? Some of my friends say that it really doesn't
matter if I water them. Is that true?
- I know that I screwed up this
year, (I think). But is it too late to grow a pumpkin for
Halloween? (Even if the pumpkin would be very small by
- For next year: seeds or plants
regarding growing tomatoes?
- How is the book doing? Just
remember, Christmas IS approaching!
- Is it better to buy small
perennials or larger ones that have blossoms? Can I buy them now
and plant them? Any available? I live in the GTA.
- That is great advice about
watering plants, (or the lawn) for that matter, at night. But what
about when it rains at night? Isn't that the same thing as us
watering? Wouldn't rain at night hurt the lawn (and plants) as well
in the evening?
- Matt, can't I grow a tomato
plant all year round inside with a grow light?
- Resources discussed:
Down the Garden Path Podcast
Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional
landscape designers Joanne
Shaw and Matthew Dressing
discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and
As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne
Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of
Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer,
Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design,
a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto
and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you
interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your
garden as low maintenance as possible.
In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and
Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their
combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving
gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now
available on Amazon.