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Garden Plot: Essential tips for picking, keeping a healthy Christmas tree

Follow these tips and your tree will be nearly fireproof and won't drop its needles.Here's your guide for the perfect Christmas tree.

Friday - 11/29/2013, 05:21am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, christmas tree

Garden Plot: Advice for gardeners as temperatures drop this weekend

With temperatures getting very cold this weekend, Mike McGrath tells gardeners what they can do to keep their cool-weather crops safe.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 11:52am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath

How to improve your garden's soil over the winter

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on what to put on your garden to keep the soil nutrient-rich through winter and on how to get rid of those pesky gnats that show up on your houseplants.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 07:11am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, mulch

Garden Plot: New Md. lawn-care laws now in effect

Don't be a sodden suspect. Maryland's new lawn-care laws are now in effect.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 09:24am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, fertilizer laws, tulips, raking

Freeze watch issued for Thursday night

A freeze watch goes into effect Thursday night through Friday morning for counties west of Interstate 95, bringing with it temperatures in the lower 30s.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 05:07am EDT

Tags: freeze watch, weather, Colleen Kelleher, flowers, Mike McGrath

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Tips to prepare trees for potentially damaging weather

As surely as summer gives way to fall, wintry weather will threaten in the weeks and months ahead. This is the time to prepare trees for bad weather.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 07:43am EDT

Tags: dick uliano, trees, weather, snow, Mike McGrath, caring for trees

Garden Plot: Keeping deer away from young trees

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says you need to keep deer away from the bark of trees younger than three years, and has some suggestions on how to do it.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 10:16am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, Deer

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Garden Plot: How to squirrel-proof your vegetable garden

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice for how to keep the squirrels from digging up your fall lettuce and radishes.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 07:45am EDT

Tags: garden plot, National Captial Orchid Society, National Arboretum, Potomac Rose Show, shutdown, lawn care, squirrels, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Shutdown holds orchid show hostage

You can add orchids to the long list of things endangered by the federal shutdown. Yes, orchids.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 10:31am EDT

Tags: National Capital Orchid Society, Mike McGrath, garden plot, garlic, Deer

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Garden Plot: Did you know fall is a great time to garden?

Fall is gardening's second season, and this week's Garden Plot tells you exactly what to do and how while the weather is crisp.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:46am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, mulch, prune, fall

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