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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.

Mulch, Don?t Bag Those Clippings - The Garden Mix

Save yourself time and energy and improve the look of your lawn by mulching not bagging your grass clippings.

Grass clippings do not cause thatch.  Short clippings break down quickly adding nutrients, moisture, and organic matter to the soil.  In fact, a season’s worth of clippings is equal to one fertilization, saving you a bit of time and money.
No mulching mower? Don’t worry.  We all should mow our lawns often, removing no more than an inch of the grass with each cutting.  It’s better for your lawn and results in short clippings that break down quickly.  Mow over longer clippings to bring them down to size. 
Or put those long clippings to work in the garden or compost bin.  Spread a thin layer of herbicide-free clippings over the soil surface in your garden to suppress weeds and conserve moisture.  Do not use clippings from treated lawns.  These can damage, and even kill your desirable plants.
A bit more information: Further improve your lawn’s health by using a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite.  It encourages slow steady growth instead of lush succulent growth that needs to be mown more often.  Plus, the organic nitrogen won’t burn your lawn even in hot dry weather.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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