Keeping your lawn on drugs will cost you $4 billion

Local lawmakers acknowledge that legal limitations on fertilizer used by homeowners would lead to cleaner water essentially for free, but that such actions "face strong opposition from fertilizer lobbies."

Friday - 02/03/2012, 03:40pm EST

Garden Plot: This is the year to get your lawn off drugs

I hope this will be the year we help lots of listeners get their lawns off drugs. We'll discuss compost feeding in depth in the coming weeks.

Friday - 01/27/2012, 07:59am EST

Early spring bulbs, controlling crabgrass & ... cohabitation?

Although our weird winter weather has a lot of bulbs behaving badly, there's no real danger. Those leaves are full of nature's finest antifreeze, and the all-important flower stems are still safely underground.

Friday - 01/20/2012, 02:01am EST

Time for McGrath's annual seed catalog roundup

We always clue our listeners in to the money-saving deals that some seed catalogs offer as an incentive to get people to order before the big springtime crush, but I've never seen an offer like this in my 20 plus years of garden reporting.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 09:56am EST

Nothing you can do about acorns from an oak tree

Acorns are a sign that your oak is healthy and happy. The only thing you can do to prevent them would be to cut down the tree.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 06:35am EST

Your gardening New Year's resolutions

Happy New Year, everybody. Time for a new calendar on the wall, a big note over your desk reminding you not to write 2011 anymore, and, of course, the requisite New Year's resolutions.

Friday - 12/30/2011, 04:39pm EST

Tips and tricks to keeping your holiday plants thriving

Tips on keeping that Christmas tree green throughout the holidays and what to do with it afterward.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 11:27am EST

The real nightmare before Christmas: Pre-wrapped Christmas trees

Horror stories from pre-wrapped Christmas trees -- and what to do if you're the victim of a bug-ridden tree. Plus, keeping your berry trees fruitful and what not to do with fireplace ash.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 02:23pm EST

Holiday plant care checklist

Cut Christmas tree in the house? Check that water reservoir every day and make sure it stays filled.

Friday - 12/09/2011, 02:38pm EST

The real secret to keeping your Christmas tree fresh

No, the secret to keeping a cut tree fresh is not in any magic mixture you place in the water holder in the tree stand. It's in the handling of the tree before the bolts that hold it in that stand get tightened.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 09:48am EST

Ladybug, ladybug, get out of my home

Getting rid of pesky ladybugs might not be as straightforward as you think.

Friday - 11/25/2011, 05:31am EST

Put the lime in the coconut -- not the compost

Anybody who tells you to add lime, fertilizer, wood ash or other junk to your compost is wrong, wrong, wrong. You want a second opinion? They're ugly, too.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:57am EST

Mulching mounds, ivy eradication and late-blooming lilacs

Any mulch can provide cover for shrews and voles, especially wood, bark and root mulches, and especially when such mulches are applied too heavily or mounded right up against the sides of plants.

Friday - 11/11/2011, 11:04am EST

Baby, it's cold outside -- for plants, too!

You can't leave rosemary -- or pretty much any plant -- outside in a container over winter. The roots, trapped above ground, would freeze and the plant would die.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 12:11pm EDT

What to do with those fallen fall leaves

Shredded leaves are one of the best mulches you can use around any plant -- they prevent weed growth, retain soil moisture and attract earthworms to aerate the soil and feed your plants for free.

Friday - 10/21/2011, 12:03pm EDT

Beware wood mulch within 30 feet of your car or home

Listeners beware -- this is what happens if you use any kind of wood mulch within 30 feet of your home or car.

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 04:45pm EDT

Put down those pruners!

Fall is not the time for pruning -- nothing should be pruned between now and the dead of winter.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 11:48am EDT

Wet weekend woes

Well, here we go again. Another weekend with a slew of gardening chores that should be done, but with way too much wetness in the ground and in the forecast to do almost any of them.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 09:44am EDT

Catch indoor stinkbugs with homemade traps

The cries have been heard from all over TOP-land: The stink bugs are coming; the stink bugs are coming ... INSIDE!

Saturday - 09/24/2011, 06:15pm EDT

Don't aerate now and pick flowers off tomato plants

After the deluge of rain last week, Mike McGrath has advice for you about lawn care and about your tomato and pepper plants.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 10:23am EDT
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