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Weed and feed this spring with corn gluten

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath details how to get the most from corn gluten, how to protect your boxwood from manic mulching and how to best protect your daffodils from spring freezes.

Friday - 03/22/2013, 10:40am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, corn gluten, daffodils, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: Your peas can freeze on St. Patrick's Day - unless you cheat

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, the lucky day for planting cool-weather loving snow peas, snap peas and shelling peas in your almost-spring garden. But it won't be very lucky if you just bury the poor pea seeds in freezing cold soil.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 10:13am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, gardening

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Garden Plot: Spring forward and tasty garden peas

I'm sorry that we all have to lose an hour's sleep tonight, or go to bed an hour early, but "springing ahead" also means that the season of growing will soon begin. That means pea planting in the McGrath garden!

Friday - 03/08/2013, 01:40pm EST

Tags: Garden Plot

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Don't let spring fever ruin your garden or your lawn

Garden guru Mike McGrath says don't rush to sow seeds outside or spread corn gluten on your lawn. It's too cold for both.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:16am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: How to prolong the life of roses

If all you do is remove last year's mulch from under your roses, you'll greatly reduce disease problems. And if you replace that much with fresh yard waste compost, like LeafGro, you'll prevent new disease spores from breeding.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 10:29am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, roses

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Lawn care: Never aerate cool season lawns in spring

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on when to aerate lawns, when to add corn gluten and grass seed, what not to do to boxwoods and when to prune apple trees.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 11:35am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, gardening, Mike McGrath

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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

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, rose colors

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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

Tags: Mike McGrath, Garden Plot

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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

Tags: Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, Deer

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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

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, weeds, rye, lawn care

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