Tips on getting rid of those stinking stink bugs

All of the stink bugs that snuck inside your house last fall to hibernate are now waking up and coming out of hiding to crawl all over your morning bowl of Lucky Charms. What can you do?

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 03:38pm EDT

Don't let spring fever lead you astray

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath will appear Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at the Fairfax Home Show on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 12:34pm EST
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Timing is everything: Crabgrass and cherry trees

The ideal time to apply corn gluten to prevent crabgrass is generally when the local forsythia blooms, but it is always when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees, as measured 4 inches down.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 10:54am EST
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Lawn care time is a-comin'

The only safe and sensible time to sow cool season grass seed is mid-August, when the soil is perfectly warm and the next nine months will be nice and cool.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 01:44pm EST

New lawns don't require murder weapons

Friday - 02/17/2012, 02:20pm EST
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Getting roses for Valentine's Day? Know the language of flowers

In the Victorian secret language known as the "Floral Code," each kind and color of posie holds a specific meaning. Roses in general do mean love, but the key to what kind of love is in the color.

Friday - 02/10/2012, 10:16am EST
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Keeping your lawn on drugs will cost you $4 billion

Local lawmakers acknowledge that legal limitations on fertilizer used by homeowners would lead to cleaner water essentially for free, but that such actions "face strong opposition from fertilizer lobbies."

Friday - 02/03/2012, 03:40pm EST
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Garden Plot: This is the year to get your lawn off drugs

I hope this will be the year we help lots of listeners get their lawns off drugs. We'll discuss compost feeding in depth in the coming weeks.

Friday - 01/27/2012, 07:59am EST

Early spring bulbs, controlling crabgrass & ... cohabitation?

Although our weird winter weather has a lot of bulbs behaving badly, there's no real danger. Those leaves are full of nature's finest antifreeze, and the all-important flower stems are still safely underground.

Friday - 01/20/2012, 02:01am EST

Time for McGrath's annual seed catalog roundup

We always clue our listeners in to the money-saving deals that some seed catalogs offer as an incentive to get people to order before the big springtime crush, but I've never seen an offer like this in my 20 plus years of garden reporting.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 09:56am EST
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Nothing you can do about acorns from an oak tree

Acorns are a sign that your oak is healthy and happy. The only thing you can do to prevent them would be to cut down the tree.

Friday - 01/06/2012, 06:35am EST

Your gardening New Year's resolutions

Happy New Year, everybody. Time for a new calendar on the wall, a big note over your desk reminding you not to write 2011 anymore, and, of course, the requisite New Year's resolutions.

Friday - 12/30/2011, 04:39pm EST
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Tips and tricks to keeping your holiday plants thriving

Tips on keeping that Christmas tree green throughout the holidays and what to do with it afterward.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 11:27am EST
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The real nightmare before Christmas: Pre-wrapped Christmas trees

Horror stories from pre-wrapped Christmas trees -- and what to do if you're the victim of a bug-ridden tree. Plus, keeping your berry trees fruitful and what not to do with fireplace ash.

Friday - 12/16/2011, 02:23pm EST
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Holiday plant care checklist

Cut Christmas tree in the house? Check that water reservoir every day and make sure it stays filled.

Friday - 12/09/2011, 02:38pm EST
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The real secret to keeping your Christmas tree fresh

No, the secret to keeping a cut tree fresh is not in any magic mixture you place in the water holder in the tree stand. It's in the handling of the tree before the bolts that hold it in that stand get tightened.

Friday - 12/02/2011, 09:48am EST
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Ladybug, ladybug, get out of my home

Getting rid of pesky ladybugs might not be as straightforward as you think.

Friday - 11/25/2011, 05:31am EST

Put the lime in the coconut -- not the compost

Anybody who tells you to add lime, fertilizer, wood ash or other junk to your compost is wrong, wrong, wrong. You want a second opinion? They're ugly, too.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:57am EST

Mulching mounds, ivy eradication and late-blooming lilacs

Any mulch can provide cover for shrews and voles, especially wood, bark and root mulches, and especially when such mulches are applied too heavily or mounded right up against the sides of plants.

Friday - 11/11/2011, 11:04am EST
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Baby, it's cold outside -- for plants, too!

You can't leave rosemary -- or pretty much any plant -- outside in a container over winter. The roots, trapped above ground, would freeze and the plant would die.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 12:11pm EDT
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