Marianne Binetti

If it’s a dry day, it’s time to mow and edge the lawn | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of November is when gardeners need to take advantage of any dry days to make a final mowing and edging of the… Continue reading

Tend to your tulips now to ensure a colorful spring garden

“The first week of October is a good time to invest in a beautiful spring.”

Gear up for end-of-September, fall gardening | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The end of September is the time to make plans to protect your plants for the winter.

Secrets for the lazy gardener | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of September is the time to fertilize the lawn, buy and plant spring blooming bulbs, continue to weed, water and mow and… Continue reading

Can I plant lettuce seeds in September? | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Lacey “Blooming Bingo” is a chance to win plants and prizes at this benefit for Thurston… Continue reading

August is the month of laurels, larvae and lawn dye | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The middle of August provides a last chance to clip and trim broadleaf evergreen shrubs before winter. In Western Washington the most common evergreens for… Continue reading

Tend to the spring bloomer bulbs | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

July is when spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils and tulips are finally dormant, so this is a good week to lift the dry bulbs and store… Continue reading

Best presents for dads and grads | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

“Here’s an annual review of some of the best new products for Dad’s, grads and anyone that is ready to upgrade their garden maintenance tools.”

Best new plants for lazy gardeners | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of June is time to celebrate all the best plants for Northwest Gardens. It is not too late to start growing vegetables… Continue reading

How to grow clematis this summer | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The beginning of June is the season for clematis, queen of the vines.

Get growing and keep mowing | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti answers questions, including what to spray if you are an organic gardener.

Get bushels of berries | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

May Day alert! The ground in Western Washington is still cold from the wet spring so wait a few more weeks to plant heat-loving plants… Continue reading

When it’s raining, turn to a gardening book | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti shares a list of gardening books by local authors.

Tips for weeding as weather warms up | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Near the end of March there is one very important garden task to be completed – get outside and weed. If you don’t get control… Continue reading

Try these perfect marriages | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week in March is when nurseries are filling up with fresh perennials, roses, conifers, flowering shrubs and berry bushes. This is the time… Continue reading

Cut brown grass now for an easy regrowth | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2: Free class “Gardening in Dry Shade” in Sammamish. You can register through Brown Paper Tickets at Cascade’s… Continue reading

Create better container gardens with these easy tips | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti shares five tips for creating better container gardens.

It’s time for your husband to start mowing the lawn again | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti answers questions about when it’s the right time to mow the lawn and prune roses.

The next generation of gardeners | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti shares three big trends driven by the interests of young Washington gardeners.

Get a whiff of some great romantic rose options | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Gardeners, start your engines. Bare-root roses, trees, shrubs, strawberry plants and rhubarb roots can be found for sale at local nurseries and garden centers and… Continue reading