Garden Plot

Before it's too late: First frost means time for action

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips to protect your plants from frost and the cold of winter, plus how to make the most out of Mother Nature's top fertilizer: leaves.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 09:42am EDT

Garden Plot: Keeping deer away from young trees

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says you need to keep deer away from the bark of trees younger than three years, and has some suggestions on how to do it.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 10:16am EDT
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Garden Plot: How to squirrel-proof your vegetable garden

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice for how to keep the squirrels from digging up your fall lettuce and radishes.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 07:45am EDT

Garden Plot: Shutdown holds orchid show hostage

You can add orchids to the long list of things endangered by the federal shutdown. Yes, orchids.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 10:31am EDT
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Garden Plot: Did you know fall is a great time to garden?

Fall is gardening's second season, and this week's Garden Plot tells you exactly what to do and how while the weather is crisp.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:46am EDT
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Shield your home against stink bugs, stiltgrass and skunks

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips to rid your lawn of an invasive weed and stinky critters.

Friday - 09/20/2013, 12:26pm EDT
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Good time to plant a tree, bad time to trim one

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on what you should and shouldn't do this time of year to keep your lawn looking great come summer. And, he tackles scary-looking caterpillars and gnats.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 09:50am EDT

Checklist for cool-season lawns and how to avoid common, outdoor fall mistakes

Fall lawn care time is here. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has a list of what to do to ensure your lawn looks great and has tips for what to plant now.

Friday - 09/06/2013, 11:52am EDT
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Garden Plot: 'Labor' now and get a great looking lawn next year

Now is the ideal time to take care of some of the things in the garden and lawn.

Monday - 09/02/2013, 06:09am EDT

Garden Plot: Pests never take a vacation

In this week's edition of Garden Plot, Editor Mike Mcgrath helps you take revenge on stink bugs, squirrels and cicadas.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 12:57pm EDT
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Garden Plot: It's lawn care time

It's that time of year again: Time to treat your lawn with corn gluten and keep away the weeds for next summer.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 01:02pm EDT
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Garden Plot: August is prime time for lawn feeding and angry wasps

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath reminds readers that this is the time to treat your lawn with Corn Gluten Meal to prevent future weeds. Also, some handy tricks on dealing with angry bees.

Saturday - 08/10/2013, 10:21am EDT

Garden Plot: Weed-eating goats, dastardly deer and terrible tree rats

Professionally managed herds of goats are becoming an increasingly popular way to control weeds and invasive plants without the use of nasty herbicides. Goats can get into otherwise hard-to-reach areas, cause no chemical pollution and even eat poison ivy.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 08:07pm EDT
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Garden Plot: Insects attack! How to get rid of beetles, yellow jackets and bagworms

Insects can attack and wreak havoc on plants. Read about ways to get rid of three common insects.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 01:54pm EDT
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What not to plant in the heat and how to handle brown spots

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath tackles when to fertilize and plant for the most success.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 10:52am EDT
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Putrid plant returns to D.C.

Don't delay, if you want to see the famed titan arum at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Saturday - 07/13/2013, 12:03am EDT
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Garden Plot: Wet weather awakens fireflies, garden-friendly glowworms

Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on lightning bugs, giant peach trees and proper lawn care in humid weather.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 09:56am EDT
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When to pick your garlic and what's needed to harvest good peaches

Peaches are the most difficult and demanding crop a homeowner can grow, while garlic harvesting is easier but requires a balance of several factors.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 10:43am EDT
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How to repel mosquitoes the natural way

In the "tropical swamp of downtown D.C.," crushed plants, whirring fans and water warfare can all help repel the buzzing pests.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 09:42am EDT
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Garden Plot: Sometimes less is more for a healthy lawn

Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers his know-how to keep your lawn green and lush all summer long.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 10:16am EDT
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