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

Old Christmas trees, New Year's resolutions

Now that the holidays are almost over, put your old Christmas trees to good use and make smart resolutions to help your lawn when spring comes.

Friday - 12/28/2012, 10:11am EST
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Plan now for live Christmas tree success

It's the time of year when many folks decide to get a really live tree for Christmas, one with its roots all wrapped up in burlap that they'll plant outdoors after the holidays.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 06:55am EST

Garden Plot: Gifts for gardeners, de-icers and tips for healthy holiday plants

In this week's Garden Plot, Mike McGrath recommends gifts for gardeners in addition to tips to protect your plants this winter.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 10:21am EST
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Garden Plot: Holiday gifts, December advice

Have you decided what to get for your favorite gardener this holiday season?

Friday - 12/07/2012, 01:24pm EST

Garden Plot: Grubs, greens and Christmas trees

Find out when to trim those evergreens and how to prevent grub damage, and remember these tips for a tip-top Christmas tree.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 11:00am EST
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Garden Plot: Oh, Christmas tree

If you're buying a Christmas tree, there are a few things you need to know in order to keep it healthy and beautiful.

Friday - 11/23/2012, 08:32am EST

Rosemary trees, home-grown gifts and voles

A sure sign of the approaching holidays is the appearance of those wonderful Christmas-tree shaped cones of live rosemary in garden centers and upscale supermarkets.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 09:48am EST

Great deals on trees and squirrel birth control

A great resource for proper tree selection, planting and care.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 10:58am EST
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Time to plant spring bulbs and ward off evil squirrels

You know how I'm always telling you to wait until after Halloween to plant your spring bulbs? Well, it's after Halloween, which means the time is here!

Saturday - 11/03/2012, 05:04pm EDT
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Garden Plot: Sandy storm warning do's and don'ts

Lawn-related advice in preparation for a possible coming storm.

Friday - 10/26/2012, 10:34am EDT

Garden Plot: Of leaves and lawns

Save those leaves: They're a gardener's best friend.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 11:25am EDT

Growing fruits and nuts not for the faint of heart

All you need to know about edible plants, and getting ready for the region's cold weather with these gardening tips - but watch out for acorns.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 12:47pm EDT
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Tips to keep squirrels from destroying pumpkins

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath recommends using everything from hot peppers, to deer repellent and dog hair.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 02:36pm EDT
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