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Garden Plot: Of leaves and lawns

Save those leaves: They're a gardener's best friend.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 11:25am EDT

Tags: leaves, Mike McGrath, clover, autumn, Garden Plot

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

Tags: Mike McGrath, fruit trees, Cold weather, ticks

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Why you need to get rid of acorns

White-footed field mice consume acorns, and those mice are known for carrying Lyme disease.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 04:01am EDT

Tags: acorns, Mike McGrath, michelle basch, Garden Plot, gardening

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

Tags: pumpkins, squirrels, Halloween, gardening, Mike McGrath, Kristi King

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

Tags: casey trees, Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, trees

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

Tags: Mike McGrath, bamboo, Garden Plot

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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

Tags: Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, gardening

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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

Tags: dog urine, Mike McGrath, trees

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

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

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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

Tags: Mike McGrath, Garden Plot

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