Saturday, May 18, 2024

GardenDC Podcast Episode 195: Reduce Your Lawn

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Mike Lizotte of  American Meadows about Reduce Your Lawn Day and planting mini meadows. The plant profile is on Hosta and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events and this week's garden tasks in the What's New segment. We close out with the Last Word on Cultivating Comfort from Christy Page of Green Prints.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 130: Groundcovers versus Groundcovers

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 134: Carex

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 101: Sustainable Lawn Care

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SHOW NOTES: 00:57 Welcome Mike Lizotte of American Meadows 01:19 Lizotte’s gardening backstory 02:33 How Lizotte learned about meadows from seed packing 03:47 How Lizotte got in the business of giving advice about meadows 05:40 The start of Lizotte’s involvement with the business side of American Meadows 07:17 Buying from American Meadows overseas? 08:12 Vermont, Lizotte’s home base 09:33 Vermont’s soil and rocks 10:49 Gardening with short seasons 12:09 Lizotte’s home garden 13:37 Lizotte’s book, Mini Meadows 15:11 GardenComm connrection, Rob Cardillo, and garden photography 17:01 “I'll never forget when Carlene, who was my publisher at Storey, kind of sent me this first, like draft or first glimpse, which included Rob's photography,” said Lizotte. “I think I almost started crying.” 18:09 What is Reduce Your Lawn Day? 20:33 “The consumer right now has never been more in tune with the environment and wanting to do something good,” says Lizotte. 22:50 How you can participate through the website: hosted by American Meadows 24:50 How to go about reducing: start small 26:11 “When people do start small and they expand, they tend to have a little more of a successful journey,” says Lizotte. 27:26 How do you remove turf? 29:08 According to Lizotte, planning and preparing “really comes down to what might work best for you in the size of the area that you have.” 30:20 Pollinator lawns 32:09 Choosing seed mixes 34:36 Mixed planting versus monoculture 36:22 Choosing a mix of plants to have blooms all year long 38:23 Shade mixes and shade options 40:13 Wildflower mixes and pre-planned gardens 42:38 Deer-resistant plants and mixes 43:56 Deer problems due to lack of nutrients available to deer 45:21 Plants for water situations: too much, or too little 47:15 Maintenance: the key is to know ahead of time what your plants need 49:20 Cutting back your meadow annually 50:26 Burning versus cut-back 52:03 Find American Meadows at and Mike Lizotte on Facebook and Instagram 53:15 Mini meadows versus the HOA 54:31 Plant Profile: Hosta 56:51 What’s new in the garden? Dogwoods, Japanese snowbells, and strawberries 57:58 On May 25th, Saturday, there are guided forest bathing walks at 9:30 AM at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, pay the fee and register at on that same day. The Baltimore Herb Festival is at Lincoln Park from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, register at Tuesday, May 28th, The Trees of Ladew Walk is happening at 9:30 AM at Ladew Gardens in Monkton, register at 59:40 Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz 1:01:09 The Urban Garden by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 1:02:04 The Last Word on cultivating comfort in your garden with Christy Page and Amanda MacArthur. 1:04:18 Pumpkins as comfort food 1:06:11 “Cultivating a garden full of comfort vegetables isn't just about the harvest”, says MacArthur, “it's about saving the savoring, the journey, connecting with nature and nourishing both body and soul.”

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Episode Credits: Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz Show Notes: Alexandra Jentz


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