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Good time to plant a tree, bad time to trim one

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on what you should and shouldn't do this time of year to keep your lawn looking great come summer. And, he tackles scary-looking caterpillars and gnats.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:50am EDT

Tags: gardening, Mike McGrath, spruce tree, gnats, caterpillar

Danger signs can point to falling trees

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath calls falling trees and tree limbs "one of the biggest dangers of being outdoors."

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:55am EDT

Tags: tree collapse, Mike McGrath, trees, falling trees, Howard County

It's time to give your lawn a little love

It's time to give your lawn a little love. WTOP Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath gives step-by-step instructions on exactly what to do, and what not to do.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 05:30pm EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath

Corn gluten time has arrived

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath says now is the time to spread corn gluten meal for a lush, healthy lawn next year. He also has tips to deal with poison ivy and hornet stings, and a poetic bonus.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:44am EDT

Tags: corn gluten, poison ivy, hornet sting, hornets, Mike McGrath

How to legally feed your lawn and still protect the bay

As fall lawn-feeding time approaches, Garden Editor Mike McGrath warns homeowners to take steps to protect their lawn and the health of the Chesapeake Bay to avoid repeating the mistakes that led to Toledo's water crisis.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 10:04am EDT

Tags: toledo, phosphorus pollution, lawn care, water quality, Mike McGrath

Follow the nose: How to keep moles out of your yard

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips to keep moles and yellowjackets out of your yard plus pruning tips for various plants.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:50am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, yellow jackets, lilacs, moles

Garden Plot: Bagworms, wood mulch and artichokes

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on wood mulch, limb cutting and how to grow artichokes in the D.C. region.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 09:35am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath

Getting rid of yellow jackets in your garden

Last week was Japanese beetles, this week it's yellow jackets.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 09:38am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, yellow jackets, bees, beetles, gardening, pests

Garden Plot: Varmints! Gnats, rabbits and chipmunks

This week, Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to plan a total re-planting of grass lawn, and how to fend off those pesky little summer creatures.

Friday - 07/04/2014, 09:19am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Beware of basil blight and how to curb mosquitoes with BTI

This week, Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to find and maintain healthy basil plants, how to safely curb mosquitoes and tips for composting.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 08:20am EDT

Tags: tilling, weeds, basil, mosquitoes

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