WTOP gardening editor Mike McGrath answers questions on where to shop for a healthy Christmas tree, which products are safe for salting sidewalks, how to treat poinsettias and more.
A reader asks why WTOP Garden editor Mike McGrath advised gardeners not to use “food scraps, wood ash, grass clippings, junk mail or other nonsense” in their compost. Now, McGrath explains why.
There’s a lot you can do now to have fewer weed worries next season. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has a few tips you can follow to make sure your garden is in top shape in the spring.
Worried about your fig tree and other plants during the cold weather months? Trying to prep a raised bed on legs for spring? WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath answers your gardening questions.
WTOP gardening editor Mike McGrath answers a challenge on his fig tree knowledge, shares tips on keeping apple blossoms alive in wacky weather and what to do about splitting tomatoes.
Many garden centers are selling large rolls of sticky paper to wrap around trees, but these sticky sheets have trapped a lot of good creatures as well. Here’s how to proceed if you think you’ve spotted the dreaded lanternfly.
The spotted lanternfly — an invasive insect from Asia — had been, so far, only seen in several counties outside of Philadelphia, but, this year, it has been sighted in parts of Virginia. Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath explains.
Did you try to grow a pumpkin indoors? Are you looking to aerate your lawn but are your plans foiled because of wet weather? WTOP Garden editor Mike McGrath answers your garden questions and more.
WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath explains how to bring peppers inside for the winter, what causes smut on your grass and which kind of garlic might be best to grow.
WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for taking care of your lawn, growing garlic and peaches and preparing your garden for the winter.
Moles often arrive unannounced and make a terrible mess of your backyard. And getting rid of pesky grubs greatly reduces a mole’s food supply. WTOP Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath tells you how.
Looking to start your fall lawn care schedule? WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath says this Labor Day weekend is an ideal time to aerate a cool-season lawn.
In this week’s Garden Plot, Mike McGrath answers questions on beating beetles, explains the Bt family and shares tips on gnat control.
Grab your milky spore powder and start applying now through the end of September to fight the Japanese beetle grubs destroying your lawn. Here’s more green-thumb advice from WTOP garden editor Mike McGrath.
Tired of pesky stiltgrass popping up in your yard? WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath shares how you can get rid of the weed, without the harmful sprays.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.