Topdressing Lawns

The best single time of the year for top dressing lawns is in the fall for cool season grasses and in the spring for warm season grasses. I’m writing from Montana so we have cool season grasses here. This also allows you to combine other cultural practices such as core aeration and over-seeding with the…

Cold Frame Gardening: Extend the Grow Season into the Winter Season

Montana has a short growing season. But there is a way to extend the gardening season—obviously, not for all types of vegetables—that works well for some types of greens and root vegetables. Basically, everything that grows well in the spring and fall months can be grown in the winter months within the confines of a…

Soil PH: What It Means for Your Garden, and How to Monitor It

Sometimes our vegetable plants, backyard trees and shrubs, and even potted flowers can suffer from what appears to be disease or other type of similar affliction, but the real problem can be a PH imbalance in the soil itself. Every plant in the world has its own preferred range of soil acidity, and that acidity…