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
Listen

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
Listen

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
Listen

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
Listen

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
Listen

Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

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

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT
Listen

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
Listen

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
Listen

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
Listen

Weed and feed this spring with corn gluten

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath details how to get the most from corn gluten, how to protect your boxwood from manic mulching and how to best protect your daffodils from spring freezes.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 10:40am EDT
Listen

Garden Plot: Your peas can freeze on St. Patrick's Day - unless you cheat

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, the lucky day for planting cool-weather loving snow peas, snap peas and shelling peas in your almost-spring garden. But it won't be very lucky if you just bury the poor pea seeds in freezing cold soil.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 10:13am EDT
Listen

Garden Plot: Spring forward and tasty garden peas

I'm sorry that we all have to lose an hour's sleep tonight, or go to bed an hour early, but "springing ahead" also means that the season of growing will soon begin. That means pea planting in the McGrath garden!

Friday - 03/08/2013, 01:40pm EST
Listen

Don't let spring fever ruin your garden or your lawn

Garden guru Mike McGrath says don't rush to sow seeds outside or spread corn gluten on your lawn. It's too cold for both.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:16am EST

Garden Plot: How to prolong the life of roses

If all you do is remove last year's mulch from under your roses, you'll greatly reduce disease problems. And if you replace that much with fresh yard waste compost, like LeafGro, you'll prevent new disease spores from breeding.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 10:29am EST
Listen

Lawn care: Never aerate cool season lawns in spring

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on when to aerate lawns, when to add corn gluten and grass seed, what not to do to boxwoods and when to prune apple trees.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 11:35am EST
Listen

What your flowers really say on Valentine's Day

Thursday is Valentine's Day. And if you didn't already know that, this is probably the most helpful garden tip you'll get from me this season.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 10:47am EST
Listen
  •  
  • 4
  •  
, July 22, 2014
Washington, DC
Now: 75 °F
Today: Some sun, humid; a p.m. t-storm in spots
Hi: 88 °F | Lo: 74 °F
Wed
Thu
Fri

Your Search Returned Multiple Possible Locations

Please select the location that you were searching for from the list below.

Your Search Did Not Return Any Results

Please try searching again using a valid zip code or city and state.