Garden Plot

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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Garden Plot: Not all mulches are created equal

In this week's edition of Garden Plot, Mike McGrath discusses how to choose the best mulch and offers some different types of corn seeds that make for great popped corn.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 11:41am EST

Garden Plot: Apologies to the deer and cold weather lawn advice

When I reported this one on Saturday, I had to change my opening line to "Garden Editor Mike McGrath with your Mea Culpa of the Day!"

Friday - 01/25/2013, 11:01am EST
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Garden Plot: Rutting deer and WTOP discounts

Hard water is OK but you must keep the deer away.

Friday - 01/18/2013, 11:04am EST
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Garden Plot: Winter maintenance for trees, shrubs and lawns

Save the Date: Mike will appear at the Community Home Show at the Universities at Shady Grove on Saturday Feb. 9.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 12:35pm EST
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Garden Plot: Melt your ice, not your plants

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath

Friday - 01/04/2013, 12:31pm EST

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Preserving and protecting your holiday plants

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers tips on how to get your amaryllis to bloom again, how to poinsettia and what to do with paperwhites.

Friday - 01/04/2013, 06:56am EST
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