The D&B Garden Show

September 19, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, welcomed Ashton Ritchie from The Scott’s Company. Ashton called in to the show this week to talk turf and gardening and answer listener questions.

With the cooler weather also comes feeding time for your grass. This is especially important for your turf’s root system. Ashton suggests feeding your lawn twice a year - both times being in the fall. Fall is also an excellent time to plant grass seed.

Are you seeing any bare spots in your lawn? Ashton gives some great tips for filling in those spots and how you should care them. Are you finding fungus or rust in your lawn? Ashton has some low cost methods to get your lawn on the right track to being healthy.

Ashton suggests using a weed and feed product for weed control in your lawn and flower beds during the cooler weather. It’s best to use a weed control for perennial weeds on a day when the temperature is between fifty and sixty degrees. Ashton has some great advice for when and how to do this without damaging your grass.

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September 5, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, received listener questions on a variety of tops this week. She gives great storage tips for delicious tasting tomatoes along with the health benefits and tomato fun facts.

Do you have a poinsettia you’re wanting to be red and beautiful by Christmas? Now is the time to start thinking about this. Start introducing your plant to darkness and get it ready to be a houseplant. For 10 weeks, your poinsettia will need 14 hours of darkness per day while you continue to water as normal. Debbie gives some great advice on how to care for your plant until Christmas.

Curious about fall container planting? Try a flowering cabbage, flowering kale, spinach or some pansies. Are you seeing pesky critters flying around your walnut tree? Listen in to hear about the Walnut Husk fly and what you can do about them. Are you seeing white residue on your cucumber fruit? This could be powdery mildew. Just listen in to Debbie’s tips for getting rid of this.

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August 29, 2015 - Debbie Cook, Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, started off her show this week with a delicious recipe for Countryside Canned Tomato Soup from listener, Margie. Listen in to get all the details.

Now is the time to fertilize your lawn. Be aware it is not the time to fertilize woody plants such as trees, roses, etc. as fertilizing will only encourage new growth. Are you curious about spraying spiders and their webs? Remember to check the label on the insecticide you are using to make sure spiders are listed. Are you inundated with spider mites? Debbie explains symptoms and what to look for in your garden.

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