Garden Plot

Mulch isn't bad, but mulch does not mean wood

The problem is that wood and bark mulches have been heavily marketed to homeowners ever since landfills stopped accepting wood waste.

Friday - 04/08/2011, 09:27am EDT

Beware of Boy Scouts bearing mulch!

Anh in Germantown writes: "Is Boy Scout mulch safe for my garden or home? I recently purchased a few bags of 'recycled hardwood mulch' from a boy scout whom I could not turn away. But I recall hearing on WTOP that such mulch is not safe. What are the negative effects of using this mulch?"

Friday - 04/01/2011, 06:14pm EDT

Those stinky stink bugs!

Toni in Purcellville has had it. She writes: "I got home today and killed about 30 of those stinky stink bugs (because you said to kill them if you see them). I am sick of them! There has got to be something to get rid of these pests.

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 06:13pm EDT

Four-step lawn feeding program: Worth it?

Mike McGrath, WTOP's Garden Plot editor

Friday - 03/18/2011, 01:47pm EDT


'I Got Your "4-Step program" Right Here, Pal!'

Donna in Woodbridge just lobbed me the ultimate softball. She writes: "I want to do my own lawn care this year. What do you think about the 4-Step Annual Feeding Program sold by Scotts? Or should I just stick with corn gluten and no chemicals?"

Friday - 03/18/2011, 08:04am EDT

Time to spread corn gluten

Mike McGrath, WTOP's garden editor

Friday - 03/11/2011, 11:20am EST


It's Time to Combat Crabgrass with Corn!

WTOP listeners are checking in from our southern reaches to report the first blooms on their forsythia and redbuds (Thanks guys. Such reports are a big help to yours truly!), and that means the application time for any pre-emergent herbicide is here or fast approaching.

Friday - 03/11/2011, 09:32am EST

Corn gluten, corn gluten: Where are you?

Lots of WTOP listeners have been emailing, asking where they can buy corn gluten meal to prevent crabgrass and give their lawn a perfect Spring feeding without killing frogs, toads, birds and the Bay.

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 05:30pm EST

Using corn gluten and kelp on your lawn

When should corn gluten be applied to lawns? Does liquid kelp help?

Friday - 02/25/2011, 11:00am EST

What you can do to prevent crabgrass when your forsythia blooms

Mike McGrath, WTOP's garden editor

Friday - 02/18/2011, 08:42pm EST


Prevent crabgrass the natural way

Corn gluten is the perfect high nitrogen lawn food (right around 10 percent), and it contains natural compounds that inhibit the germination of weed seeds.

Friday - 02/18/2011, 08:48am EST

Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath reviews the meanings of different flowers. Guys, for true love, forget red roses.

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 04:33pm EST

Lawn care in winter

Although frigidly cold weather without any snow cover (like we experienced at the beginning of this wretched winter) can stress lawns new and old, there's really no way we humans can mimic the insulating protection of snow.

Friday - 02/04/2011, 12:09pm EST

Don't let winter beat up your poor plants

As we cope with all this frozen misery, remember that our plants love a heavy cover of snow -- so feel free to move as much snow as possible onto garden beds and such.

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 02:04pm EST

Planting questions answered

Those trees are real bullies, with roots that steal every bit of food and water they can find, leaving little to nothing for other plants.

Saturday - 01/15/2011, 02:04pm EST

New Year's Resolutions that $ave You Money

Happy New Year! Time for our annual money saving, green-leaning resolutions for gardeners (and you normal people too).

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 08:15pm EST

Protecting spring bulbs, Christmas tree care

Although it's predicted to reach a blistering 36 Saturday, the nights have all been well below freezing, with no global warming in sight.

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 08:17pm EST

Gifts for Gardeners

Tick, tick, tickójust two weeks until Christmas Day -- time for my annual last minute gardener's gift list.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 09:47am EST

Really live trees are ho-ho-heavy!

Time to issue my annual warnings to those of you planning on buying a truly live Christmas tree.

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 09:47am EST

Here come the ho-ho-holidays

The secret to keeping a cut tree fresh and supple indoors isn't in any magic mixture you place in the water holder.

Friday - 11/26/2010, 08:23pm EST
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