Mar 27, 2023
With the warmer weather upon us,
it’s almost time to head out into the garden and get started. In
this week’s April in the Garden episode, Joanne Shaw and Matthew
Dressing discuss the do’s and don’ts in your April
Here are some of the questions
and topics covered in this episode:
seeds indoors if you haven't already. Just under eight weeks to the
last average frost date.
- Bulbs –
you can start potting up Canna and Calla bulbs
- Hardening off seedlings
are plants arriving in the garden centres?
- What is
it safe to plant when?
perennials can be divided in early spring.
mindful of cold-season plants available in garden centres: they are
not all grown equally.
- Deciduous shade – what is it and why is it
- How to
protect early spring flowering bulbs.
hydrangeas – which, how, when?
pruning other shrubs – how and when?
- Acclimatizing houseplants – how and
- Beneficial insects
Mason and leaf cutter bee cocoons out in protected housing on the
south or southeast wall.
for praying mantis casings in stores to put out in your yard
too early for ladybugs
- Cleaning up the yard: the do’s and
ready to apply corn gluten pellets, not corn gluten meal (dust). Do
this before the forsythia blooms.
early to rake lawns. Try to avoid walking too much on the
- When to
start putting down grass seed? Wait for nighttime temperatures to
during the show
Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden
Down the Garden Path
Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape
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.
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