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Lawn grubs of spring now beetles of summer

Beneficial nematodes are the safe and effective grub control of choice.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 08:49pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: More tips on grass and garlic

Unless you plant the starter plugs densely, zoysia typically takes a couple seasons to fully establish, while Bermuda starts (or seed) planted in the Spring will fully cover the intended area edge to edge by the end of summer.

Friday - 06/08/2012, 01:14pm EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, grass, garlic

Dandelions, the redux and aphids

Oscar in Bethesda writes: "I have a plant outside that is currently covered with small black insects. Will they damage the plant? Could you please let me know what they are and how I should deal with them?"

Friday - 04/27/2012, 11:04am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot


Moles? Voles? Let's call the whole thing off...

Moles make raised tunnels, especially in lawns, but they don't eat plants. Voles make small holes in the ground and eat lots of plants. And really big holes that plants "disappear down" could be a sign of groundhogs. Identifying the pest is job number one.

Friday - 04/13/2012, 11:32am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath


The tubes that take out ticks!

Tick Tubes are one of my favorite tick-prevention devices. They're cardboard tubes filled with cotton balls soaked in a pesticide called permethrin that's especially deadly to ticks.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 10:33am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, ticks, garden


When to seed, fertilize and weed your lawn

Right now is the time to spread corn gluten meal on your lawn to prevent dormant weed seeds like crabgrass from sprouting as you give the turf a nice gentle spring feeding, Mike. But don't delay.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 06:40pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath

Pre-sprout your peas for good St. Patrick's day luck

Happy peas for St. Pat's! That's right, peas. St. Patrick's Day isn't just for wearing green, it's also the unofficial kickoff to growing some delicious green-green peas.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 01:26pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, peas, attack, stinkbugs


Tips on getting rid of those stinking stink bugs

All of the stink bugs that snuck inside your house last fall to hibernate are now waking up and coming out of hiding to crawl all over your morning bowl of Lucky Charms. What can you do?

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 03:38pm EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, stinkbug, garden plot

Don't let spring fever lead you astray

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath will appear Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at the Fairfax Home Show on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 12:34pm EST

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, lawn care


Timing is everything: Crabgrass and cherry trees

The ideal time to apply corn gluten to prevent crabgrass is generally when the local forsythia blooms, but it is always when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees, as measured 4 inches down.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 10:54am EST

Tags: Mike McGrath, gardening, garden plot, crabgrass, corn gluten

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