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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Apr 20, 2021

This week on Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw continue their month-long discussion on lawn care by looking at the different lawn fertilizers and what works best when.

Joanne and Matt answer your questions on lawn fertilizer.

  • What times of the year do we put down lawn fertilizer?
  • How do I apply lawn fertilizer?
    • Can I apply it by hand?
  • Synthetic vs. organic fertilizer
    • What are the pros and cons of each?
  • Which is best? Why?
  • What should you do if you burn your lawn with synthetic fertilizers?

Matt and Joanne discuss the importance of renewing the “good” organisms in your lawn by using good quality top dressers, compost or manure. And how that helps organic fertilizers succeed. They also answer a listener's question about if we should mix fertilizers with grass seed when spreading it.

Tune in to hear Matt's success stories about revamping a lawn with synthetic fertilizer and once established, successfully transitioning to organic fertilizers.

More Down the Garden Path Lawn Care episodes

Lawn Care Q&A

Lawn Care: Lawn Alternatives

Lawn Care: Artificial Turf

Lawn Care 101

About Your Hosts

Each week on Down The Garden Path podcast, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.

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