End of August garden tips

The possibility of Hurricane Irene dropping by might make it hard to cross most items off of our big fall "Honey do" list this weekend, but here's what needs to be done sometime over the next month.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 08:33am EDT

It's lawn care time

WTOP's Garden Guru Mike McGrath offers up advice for your fall lawn.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 07:17am EDT

Blister beetles and baby stink bugs

Blister beetles are dangerous farm pests.

Friday - 08/05/2011, 10:35am EDT

Calcium's the answer for tomato troubles

Gayle from Fairfax has a common complaint. She writes: "This is the second year in a row that my balcony tomatoes have ALL succumbed to blossom end rot. Every. Stinking. One."

Friday - 07/29/2011, 10:29am EDT

Avoid this herbicide, if you love your trees

WTOP's Mike McGrath says you need to make sure your lawn care company isn't using Imprelis, if you have spruce or pine trees.

Tuesday - 07/26/2011, 09:12am EDT

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
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