Garden Plot

Wonderful water features and bustin' some bugs

The annual Parade of Ponds organized by Premier Ponds of Burtonsville, Md. is a great way to see lots of examples of the different ways you can use water in the landscape.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 03:25pm EDT

Goats, grass and yellowjackets, oh my!

Some invasive plants can cause problems, but nuking vast stretches of habitat with herbicides and axes does more environmental damage than any plant could hope to achieve.

Friday - 07/08/2011, 12:42pm EDT

Garlic oil sprays will banish mosquitos

Listeners have been asking about the same thing: the non-toxic backyard ‘foggers' made from garlic oil that keep mosquitoes—and gnats and ticks—away from your outdoor space for a solid month.

Friday - 07/01/2011, 12:28pm EDT

What causes lawn mushrooms?

And, should you be worried about the dog eating them?

Friday - 06/24/2011, 11:21am EDT

You can't ‘peacefully co-exist' with a groundhog

Groundhogs are notoriously untrustworthy when it comes to eating plants. They also undermine human structures with their complicated burrows.

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 02:02pm EDT

'New lawn in April…shot down in May'

Diane in Colonial Beach writes: "We had our lawn reseeded in April. They tilled it up, removed the old lawn, brought in top soil and sowed fresh seed. The grass came up okay, but it's already burning up and we continue to have a really hard time with weeds and the ground being rock hard. Any suggestions?"

Friday - 06/10/2011, 12:35pm EDT

Getting rid of Japanese beetles

Mike McGrath offers advice on how to prevent beetles and how to harvest your garlic.

Friday - 06/03/2011, 12:29pm EDT

Choosing the right mulch and battling moss

In a recent university study, two inches of yard waste compost outperformed all other mulches — and it provided all the food its plants required.

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 03:07pm EDT

How to avoid 'mulchrooms' and battling squirrels

Advice for those of you battling squirrels, the servants of Satan, and for tomato plants that don't have eggshells added to them.

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 02:47pm EDT

Termites, ticks and last-minute tomato tips

As I've been stressing for more than a decade, "mulch" does NOT mean "wood." In fact, wood is the second-worst mulch material you can use.

Friday - 05/13/2011, 10:02am EDT

How high should your lawn be?

Lawn height shouldn't change with the seasons.

Friday - 05/13/2011, 09:25am EDT

Tomato planting time arrives

Now is planting time, but make sure the temperatures at night are in the high 40s.

Friday - 05/06/2011, 01:04pm EDT

Happy Easter! Here's how to achieve stink bug relief

I was recently contacted by a gentleman from Delaware who was sick of these alien pests invading his home in the fall, so he constructed a trap that intercepts them as they swarm outside.

Tuesday - 04/26/2011, 04:01pm EDT

Ants, clover, bees and 'skeeters!

Sprays do not work against ants because the vast majority of the pests, and the all-important queen, are in hidden nests that the sprays never reach.

Friday - 04/22/2011, 11:08am EDT

Mulch isn't bad, but mulch does not mean wood

The problem is that wood and bark mulches have been heavily marketed to homeowners ever since landfills stopped accepting wood waste.

Friday - 04/08/2011, 09:27am EDT

Beware of Boy Scouts bearing mulch!

Anh in Germantown writes: "Is Boy Scout mulch safe for my garden or home? I recently purchased a few bags of 'recycled hardwood mulch' from a boy scout whom I could not turn away. But I recall hearing on WTOP that such mulch is not safe. What are the negative effects of using this mulch?"

Friday - 04/01/2011, 06:14pm EDT

Those stinky stink bugs!

Toni in Purcellville has had it. She writes: "I got home today and killed about 30 of those stinky stink bugs (because you said to kill them if you see them). I am sick of them! There has got to be something to get rid of these pests.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 06:13pm EDT

Four-step lawn feeding program: Worth it?

Mike McGrath, WTOP's Garden Plot editor

Friday - 03/18/2011, 01:47pm EDT


'I Got Your "4-Step program" Right Here, Pal!'

Donna in Woodbridge just lobbed me the ultimate softball. She writes: "I want to do my own lawn care this year. What do you think about the 4-Step Annual Feeding Program sold by Scotts? Or should I just stick with corn gluten and no chemicals?"

Friday - 03/18/2011, 08:04am EDT

Time to spread corn gluten

Mike McGrath, WTOP's garden editor

Friday - 03/11/2011, 11:20am EST


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