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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


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


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


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


Garden Plot: Keeping dogs from damaging outdoor decor

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?"

Friday - 08/31/2012, 09:27am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath


Garden Plot: Perfect time to plant a good lawn

This is the time to take a bad yard and turn it into the yard you want.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 10:01am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath


Save on spring bulbs

Find out how to save by buying now for next spring.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 09:27am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot

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