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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

Garden Plot: Grow delicious tomatoes and ward off frost damage

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for protecting plants from a late spring frost, growing tomatoes and keeping lawns green.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 10:20am EDT

Tags: tomatoes, mulch, Mike McGrath, garden plot, frost


Lack of tree sex causes worse allergy symptoms

If your allergies are acting up, it may be due to a lack of sex.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 07:30am EDT

Tags: allergies, ginkgo, crab apple, trees, Mike McGrath, Hank Silverberg

Loading up on wood mulch is not the answer

You might be looking for ways to spruce up your yard this time of year. But if you're thinking about loading up on wood mulch, think again. Wood mulch can start as dead trees, construction debris and shipping pallets.

Sunday - 05/05/2013, 07:26am EDT

Tags: mulch, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Tomato plants need warm nights

Nights with temperatures in the 40s won't kill your plants as impressively as frost, but those temperatures will stunt the growth of your tomato plants.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 10:04am EDT

Tags: garden plot, tomatoes, Mike McGrath, crabgrass, mulch, gardening


Tick Tubes: Solving the creepy, sometimes deadly problem

There's a little problem creeping around in your backyard: ticks. The good news is that spring is an ideal time of year to get on top of it.

Sunday - 04/28/2013, 03:59pm EDT

Tags: Tick Tubes, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

Weed and seed like a pro with advice from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT

Tags: garden plot, weeds, ticks, pets, Mike McGrath


Cicadas, ticks and moles in your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on cicadas, moles and ticks. And he has some tips about when to put your summer plants outside.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 03:53am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, cicadas, moles, ticks

Garden Plot: The golden rules of lawn care

Cool season lawns should never be aerated in the spring. Pulling out all those little plugs to relieve soil compaction stresses the turf in the short run and you never want to do anything to stress a cool season grass with summer heat around the corner.

Friday - 04/12/2013, 09:10am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, pruning


Garden Plot: Some vegetables need to be planted now

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath shares his advice on when to plant this spring and what will kill your vegetable garden.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 10:03am EDT

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

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