Marianne Binetti

Now is the time to feed and reseed your lawn for winter | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The most important time to feed a lawn in Western Washington is September and October.

Pruning in August: If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, cut it down | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

You can start cleaning up the summer garden by cutting back perennials past their prime and pulling any weeds that have sneaked into garden beds.

It’s the best time of year to bait for slugs and snails | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

August is also a good time of year to dig, divide or transplant early summer perennials like iris, poppies and pulmonaria or lungwart

Don’t worry about your lawn, think of the rhodies | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

If the soil is dry in August you’ll have fewer rhododendron blooms in May.

Summer travel brings garden tips from around the world | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Summer travel means you can glean gardening tips from all over the world. This summer we led a tour that included a river cruise on the Danube.

Time to check on those hanging baskets and container gardens | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Most hanging baskets will need water every day by mid-summer, sometimes twice a day if the weather is very warm.

Time to hit the ‘rewind button’ on summer flowers | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Cut back delphiniums, Shasta daisies and leggy petunias now.

Still time to plant vegetables with a short growing season | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

In the vegetable garden you can still plant seeds of beets, bush beans, carrots and chard as well as crops with shorter growing season.

Fertilize perennials and potted plants, but not the lawn | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Beginning this week, the Renton Reporter will begin running Marianne Binetti’s gardening column in the paper and on our website. We are excited to offer you this new feature.