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Garden Plot: Wet weather awakens fireflies, garden-friendly glowworms

Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on lightning bugs, giant peach trees and proper lawn care in humid weather.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 09:56am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, moles, peach trees, wet grass, lawn care, lightning bugs

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When to pick your garlic and what's needed to harvest good peaches

Peaches are the most difficult and demanding crop a homeowner can grow, while garlic harvesting is easier but requires a balance of several factors.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 10:43am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, slugs, mulch, lawn care

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How to repel mosquitoes the natural way

In the "tropical swamp of downtown D.C.," crushed plants, whirring fans and water warfare can all help repel the buzzing pests.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 09:42am EDT

Tags: mosquitoes, Mike McGrath, garden plot, toads, lawn mowing, lemon balm, gardening

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Garden Plot: Sometimes less is more for a healthy lawn

Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers his know-how to keep your lawn green and lush all summer long.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 10:16am EDT

Tags: garden plot, lawn care, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: The plants that deer might not eat

The Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York has created a nice list of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that deer have mostly declined to dine on at the lushly landscaped resort.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 12:19pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, Deer, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: There's more than one way to get rid of slugs

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath details two ways to get rid of slugs - one is to get 'em drunk (sort of).

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:45am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot

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How to make your lawn grub-proof

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath gives advice on how to keep that grass green and lush, hold the grubs at bay and safe ways to keep caterpillars away all.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 09:23am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, grass, caterpillar, mosquitoes, garden plot, Milky Spore, stinkbugs, grubs, stink bugs

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Gardening with kids: Tips and advice for starting an active and healthy habit

For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers. Several area experts offer advice and tips on making gardening a fun, healthy and rewarding summer activity for youth.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:52am EDT

Tags: gardening, kids, obesity, screen time, We Can!, National Gardening Association, Hoai-Tran Bui, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: How to beat back mosquitoes

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath answers all of your garden and lawn care questions. On the list this week: controlling ticks and mosquitoes, wise watering and rose bush care.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 10:49am EDT

Tags: gardening, Mike McGrath, garden plot, Tick Tubes, watering, mosquitoes, ticks, lawn care

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Preventing and treating poison ivy

It's the time of year when everyone starts heading outside. And it is also the time of year when doctors see an uptick in poison ivy cases.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 07:21am EDT

Tags: poison ivy, paula wolfson, gardening, spring, Mike McGrath, garden plot, Howard Brooks, Georgetown

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