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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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Jul 31, 2023

In this episode of Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing show you how to keep your garden and landscape thriving during the August heat with tips and tricks and do’s and don'ts for your August garden.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Plan what fall bulbs you’d like to plant for your spring garden. Order now and buy early for the best varieties.
  • Source garlic bulbs from a local farmer or reputable seed company to have them ready for fall planting.
  • Continue to trim herbs like mint, chives, dill, etc., to encourage flavourful new growth.
  • Cover ripening fruit to protect from birds and critters.
  • Sow seeds of beans, beets, spinach, and turnips for a fall harvest.
  • Check fruits, vegetables, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs for pests and diseases and remove, as necessary.
  • Use Japanese beetle traps to control populations. Remember, 1 is enough for urban landscapes.
  • Apply nematodes in mid-August, or sooner, to control white grub populations in the lawn.
  • Continue to deadhead annuals and perennials to promote new blooms.
  • Continue fertilizing containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks until Thanksgiving or you dispose of them for the season.
  • Apply a new layer of rich compost to garden beds.
  • Continue to weed your lawns and hardscapes.
  • Remove small errant shoots from topiaries, shrubs, and hedges.

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Resources mentioned during the show

Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden

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 landscapes.

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 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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