Garden Plot

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

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

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

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

Garden Plot: The best trees, the worst trees

Not all trees are created equal. WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you which are which and answers your gardening questions.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 07:16am EDT

Garden Plot: Bamboo lawyers and bare spots

Wayne in Charlotte Hall has a question that's frequently asked this time of year over how low to trim his lawn before winter.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 10:48am EDT

Don't prune anything now - especially spring bloomers

This is the worst time of year to prune anything. Doing so will stimulate new growth and interfere with the plants successfully going dormant for the winter.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 10:28am EDT

How dog urine can kill city trees

The next time a dog is tugging on its leash, headed for a solid-looking pine to "water," WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says that small territorial claim could kill the tree.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 04:12pm EDT

Garden Plot: Thatch, new lawn, bamboo

Tips for taking care of a neglected lawn and dealing with bamboo.

Friday - 09/14/2012, 09:35am EDT

Fall lawn care, the order of the chores

Without a doubt the No. 1 chore for those of you with cool season lawns is a big fall feeding. Cool season lawns like fescue, rye and bluegrass need their biggest feeding of the season right now to help them recover from that brutal summer we all endured.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 10:18am EDT

Garden Plot: Keeping dogs from damaging outdoor decor

Jim in Alexandria has an all-too common problem. He writes, "I have several Boxwoods along the walkway at the front of my house, and neighborhood dogs love to urinate on them (and it doesn't appear that their owners care.) This is slowly killing the Boxwoods. Almost half of the leaves are brown and dying. Any recommendations on how to keep the dogs away?"

Friday - 08/31/2012, 09:27am EDT

Garden Plot: To stave off stink bugs, act now

Now that the nasty bugs are getting bored with violating our late season tomatoes, the stinkers are looking for ways to get into our houses to hibernate for the winter. But as we told you last year, Jody Williams, an amateur inventor from New Jersey, created a simple way to intercept them.

Friday - 08/24/2012, 01:12pm EDT

Garden Plot: Perfect time to plant a good lawn

This is the time to take a bad yard and turn it into the yard you want.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 10:01am EDT

Save on spring bulbs

Find out how to save by buying now for next spring.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 09:27am EDT

Get ready to sow grass seed and feed your poor lawn

When is the best time to apply corn gluten for fall weed prevention?

Friday - 08/03/2012, 12:54pm EDT

Plants behaving badly? Rethink your technique

Hastings in Woodbridge writes: "My squash and cucumber plants have developed a white mold on the leaves. It's so bad that my squash plants have all died. What causes this and is there anything I can do to save my cucumber plants?"

Friday - 07/27/2012, 12:15pm EDT
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