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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Edging Garden Beds - The Garden Mix

 Boost your landscape’s looks and reduce maintenance with the help of a straight edge shovel and a bit of your time. 
 
Make sure your shovel is clean and sharp so it can easily move through the soil.  Use your shovel to create a clean edge around the garden and keep the grass at bay. 
 
Lay a hose or rope around the garden if you need a guide for creating the garden’s edge.  Line the shovel up with the new edge.  Push the shovel straight down through the grass or soil at least 4 inches deep.  Repeat all around the outside of the perimeter of the planting bed. Then move inside the garden.  Position your shovel at a slight downward angle toward the edge you just made.  Fill this V-shaped trench with the same mulch used in your flowerbed. 
 
Edging helps keep the grass out of the planting beds, creates a clean tidy edge, and a mowing strip.  Just run the mower wheel over this mulch filled trench when cutting the grass.  You’ll no longer need to hand trim the grass around your gardens. 
 
A bit more information:  You and your neighbors may want to join forces and rent an edger for the day.  These machines can make large jobs quicker and easier to accomplish. With a shared rental you all save money and no one has to maintain and store another piece of equipment. 
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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