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Garden Plot: Weed-eating goats, dastardly deer and terrible tree rats

Professionally managed herds of goats are becoming an increasingly popular way to control weeds and invasive plants without the use of nasty herbicides. Goats can get into otherwise hard-to-reach areas, cause no chemical pollution and even eat poison ivy.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 08:07pm EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, Deer, garden plot, squirrels, vole, goat

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Garden Plot: Insects attack! How to get rid of beetles, yellow jackets and bagworms

Insects can attack and wreak havoc on plants. Read about ways to get rid of three common insects.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 01:54pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, yellow jackets, bagworms, Japanese beetles, Mike McGrath, gardening

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What not to plant in the heat and how to handle brown spots

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath tackles when to fertilize and plant for the most success.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 10:52am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, tomatoes

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Putrid plant returns to D.C.

Don't delay, if you want to see the famed titan arum at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Saturday - 07/13/2013, 12:03am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, corpse flower, tree health

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When to pick your garlic and what's needed to harvest good peaches

Peaches are the most difficult and demanding crop a homeowner can grow, while garlic harvesting is easier but requires a balance of several factors.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 10:43am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, slugs, mulch, lawn care

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How to repel mosquitoes the natural way

In the "tropical swamp of downtown D.C.," crushed plants, whirring fans and water warfare can all help repel the buzzing pests.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 09:42am EDT

Tags: mosquitoes, Mike McGrath, garden plot, toads, lawn mowing, lemon balm, gardening

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Garden Plot: Sometimes less is more for a healthy lawn

Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers his know-how to keep your lawn green and lush all summer long.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 10:16am EDT

Tags: garden plot, lawn care, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: The plants that deer might not eat

The Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York has created a nice list of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that deer have mostly declined to dine on at the lushly landscaped resort.

Friday - 06/07/2013, 12:19pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, Deer, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: There's more than one way to get rid of slugs

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath details two ways to get rid of slugs - one is to get 'em drunk (sort of).

Friday - 05/31/2013, 11:45am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot

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How to make your lawn grub-proof

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath gives advice on how to keep that grass green and lush, hold the grubs at bay and safe ways to keep caterpillars away all.

Friday - 05/24/2013, 09:23am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, grass, caterpillar, mosquitoes, garden plot, Milky Spore, stinkbugs, grubs, stink bugs

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