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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 6, 2021

Goodbye March and welcome to April!  This week on Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw discuss what NOT to do in your garden this month.

Tune into this week's podcast to learn what you shouldn't be doing in the garden in April.

Matt and Joanne covered four of their top "don'ts" for April:

    • Rake and take away leaf debris
    • Walk on soggy parts of the lawn and garden
    • Aerate and dethatch your lawn
    • Prune spring flowering plants

They also answered listener questions about:

  • Aeration.  Shouldn't there be a certain depth of the tines on the aerator? Someone told me a lot of consumer aeration equipment does not go down into the soil far enough. How deep should the cores be?
  • Bees. What are good plants to put into our garden to attract bees?
  • Moving plants outside. When is the best time to transplant my tomato plants outside? I live in the GTA and started them already from seeds.
  • Raking. When we are able to rake our lawns, should we use plastic or metal rakes? Plastic seems to be a lot harsher on our grass, whereas metal rakes tend to bend easier with less damage to the lawn.
  • Timing for grass seed. Is it too early to put down grass seed?

Great Grow Along
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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.