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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Garden Plot: The plants that deer might not eat

The Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York has created a nice list of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that deer have mostly declined to dine on at the lushly landscaped resort.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 12:19pm EDT
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Garden Plot: There's more than one way to get rid of slugs

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath details two ways to get rid of slugs - one is to get 'em drunk (sort of).

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:45am EDT
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How to make your lawn grub-proof

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath gives advice on how to keep that grass green and lush, hold the grubs at bay and safe ways to keep caterpillars away all.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 09:23am EDT
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Gardening with kids: Tips and advice for starting an active and healthy habit

For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers. Several area experts offer advice and tips on making gardening a fun, healthy and rewarding summer activity for youth.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:52am EDT

Garden Plot: How to beat back mosquitoes

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath answers all of your garden and lawn care questions. On the list this week: controlling ticks and mosquitoes, wise watering and rose bush care.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 10:49am EDT
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Preventing and treating poison ivy

It's the time of year when everyone starts heading outside. And it is also the time of year when doctors see an uptick in poison ivy cases.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 07:21am EDT

Garden Plot: Grow delicious tomatoes and ward off frost damage

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for protecting plants from a late spring frost, growing tomatoes and keeping lawns green.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 10:20am EDT
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Lack of tree sex causes worse allergy symptoms

If your allergies are acting up, it may be due to a lack of sex.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 07:30am EDT

Garden Plot: Tomato plants need warm nights

Nights with temperatures in the 40s won't kill your plants as impressively as frost, but those temperatures will stunt the growth of your tomato plants.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 10:04am EDT
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Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

Weed and seed like a pro with advice from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT
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Where and when will Garden Editor Mike McGrath spring up next?

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath will be making several appearances in the D.C. area this spring.

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 11:39am EDT

Cicadas, ticks and moles in your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on cicadas, moles and ticks. And he has some tips about when to put your summer plants outside.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 03:53am EDT

Garden Plot: The golden rules of lawn care

Cool season lawns should never be aerated in the spring. Pulling out all those little plugs to relieve soil compaction stresses the turf in the short run and you never want to do anything to stress a cool season grass with summer heat around the corner.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 09:10am EDT
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Garden Plot: Some vegetables need to be planted now

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath shares his advice on when to plant this spring and what will kill your vegetable garden.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 10:03am EDT
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How to care for Easter lilies

Easter lilies don't bloom naturally at this time of year. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has advice for how to care for those plants you get and give as gifts.

Friday - 03/29/2013, 07:45am EDT
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