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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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Sep 6, 2022

How's your lawn faring after these past few months of hot dry weather? As summer winds to a close, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss lawn care and lawn care alternatives.

Tune in to hear Joanne and Matthew discuss lawn care and lawn alternatives.

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

  • What should we be doing for our lawns in September?
  • How do we apply nematodes?
  • How do we fertilize at this time of year?
  • Seeding and sodding; is now the time?
  • What other activities can I do as temperatures cool and the lawn is healthy?
  • What is biodiversity?
  • What does “lawn alternative” stand for?
  • What are some lawn alternatives?
  • Do I have to make my lawn just one thing?
  • How do incorporate some lawn alternatives into my existing lawn?
  • How do I take care of lawn alternatives?

Resources mentioned during the show

Down the Garden Path podcast – Grub Control
Natural Insect Control –
West Coast Seeds –
Down the Garden Path podcast – Lawn Care: Artificial Turf
Toronto Flower Market appearance Saturday September 10th –
Doug Tallamy’s book: Nature’s Best Hope.

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 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.