WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath is:
* Host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden
* Contributing Editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine
* Former Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine
* Author of books on Tomatoes, Compost, Seed saving and Kitchen Gardening
* Mike makes several appearances around town. They are listed in each week's column..
* Do you have a question for Mike? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please include your name, location and the topic in the subject line)
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.
In this week's Garden Plot, Mike McGrath recommends gifts for gardeners in addition to tips to protect your plants this winter.
Have you decided what to get for your favorite gardener this holiday season?
Find out when to trim those evergreens and how to prevent grub damage, and remember these tips for a tip-top 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.
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.
A great resource for proper tree selection, planting and care.
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!
Lawn-related advice in preparation for a possible coming storm.
Save those leaves: They're a gardener's best friend.
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.
WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath recommends using everything from hot peppers, to deer repellent and dog hair.
Not all trees are created equal. WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you which are which and answers your gardening questions.
Wayne in Charlotte Hall has a question that's frequently asked this time of year over how low to trim his lawn before winter.
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.
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.
Tips for taking care of a neglected lawn and dealing with bamboo.
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.
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?"
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.
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