Garden Plot

Garden Plot: Bamboo lawyers and bare spots

Wayne in Charlotte Hall has a question that's frequently asked this time of year over how low to trim his lawn before winter.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 10:48am EDT
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Don't prune anything now - especially spring bloomers

This is the worst time of year to prune anything. Doing so will stimulate new growth and interfere with the plants successfully going dormant for the winter.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 10:28am EDT
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How dog urine can kill city trees

The next time a dog is tugging on its leash, headed for a solid-looking pine to "water," WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says that small territorial claim could kill the tree.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 04:12pm EDT

Garden Plot: Thatch, new lawn, bamboo

Tips for taking care of a neglected lawn and dealing with bamboo.

Friday - 09/14/2012, 09:35am EDT
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Fall lawn care, the order of the chores

Without a doubt the No. 1 chore for those of you with cool season lawns is a big fall feeding. Cool season lawns like fescue, rye and bluegrass need their biggest feeding of the season right now to help them recover from that brutal summer we all endured.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 10:18am EDT
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Garden Plot: Keeping dogs from damaging outdoor decor

Jim in Alexandria has an all-too common problem. He writes, "I have several Boxwoods along the walkway at the front of my house, and neighborhood dogs love to urinate on them (and it doesn't appear that their owners care.) This is slowly killing the Boxwoods. Almost half of the leaves are brown and dying. Any recommendations on how to keep the dogs away?"

Friday - 08/31/2012, 09:27am EDT
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Garden Plot: To stave off stink bugs, act now

Now that the nasty bugs are getting bored with violating our late season tomatoes, the stinkers are looking for ways to get into our houses to hibernate for the winter. But as we told you last year, Jody Williams, an amateur inventor from New Jersey, created a simple way to intercept them.

Friday - 08/24/2012, 01:12pm EDT
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Garden Plot: Perfect time to plant a good lawn

This is the time to take a bad yard and turn it into the yard you want.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 10:01am EDT
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Save on spring bulbs

Find out how to save by buying now for next spring.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 09:27am EDT
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Get ready to sow grass seed and feed your poor lawn

When is the best time to apply corn gluten for fall weed prevention?

Friday - 08/03/2012, 12:54pm EDT
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Plants behaving badly? Rethink your technique

Hastings in Woodbridge writes: "My squash and cucumber plants have developed a white mold on the leaves. It's so bad that my squash plants have all died. What causes this and is there anything I can do to save my cucumber plants?"

Friday - 07/27/2012, 12:15pm EDT
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Garden Plot: Saving tomatoes, avoiding white bugs and what to harvest now

What's the silky material showing up on azaleas and roses? And tips to help tomato growers.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 07:31am EDT

Moles, voles, squirrels and groundhogs ... be gone!

Evil squirrels (sorry, that's redundant) would laugh at cat hair the way they laugh at my actual cats.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 10:42am EDT
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Heat wave warnings and dog day dos and don'ts

Hang in there, cats and kittens, this heat wave should break by Monday. In the meantime, and during future heat waves, remember the following tips.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 02:33pm EDT
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Tips for heat wave grass care, fending off wasps and rabbits

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for what not to do when it's really hot.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 03:38am EDT

Garden Plot: Hot weather lawn care rules

The first heat wave of the season was pretty brutal. And it won't be the last, so let's review hot weather turfgrass rules.

Friday - 06/22/2012, 11:12am EDT
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Lawn grubs of spring now beetles of summer

Beneficial nematodes are the safe and effective grub control of choice.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 08:49pm EDT

Garden Plot: More tips on grass and garlic

Unless you plant the starter plugs densely, zoysia typically takes a couple seasons to fully establish, while Bermuda starts (or seed) planted in the Spring will fully cover the intended area edge to edge by the end of summer.

Friday - 06/08/2012, 01:14pm EDT

The time has come to make peace with Bermuda grass

As the weather warms up, the Bermuda in your lawn (which isn't killed by herbicides like Roundup which only kills frogs and toads) gets stronger, while cool-season turfs like fescue and bluegrass get weaker. Like it or not, your lawn will probably be all Bermuda by late August.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 11:01am EDT
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The best mulch and where to get pine staw

Jim in D.C. writes: "I know you're a fan of using an inch of compost to mulch tomato plants, ,ut how about zukes, cukes, peppers and eggplant? What's the best mulch for them?"

Friday - 05/25/2012, 10:13am EDT
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