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Garden Plot: How to prolong the life of roses

If all you do is remove last year's mulch from under your roses, you'll greatly reduce disease problems. And if you replace that much with fresh yard waste compost, like LeafGro, you'll prevent new disease spores from breeding.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 10:29am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, roses

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Lawn care: Never aerate cool season lawns in spring

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on when to aerate lawns, when to add corn gluten and grass seed, what not to do to boxwoods and when to prune apple trees.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 11:35am EST

Tags: garden plot, gardening, Mike McGrath

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What your flowers really say on Valentine's Day

Thursday is Valentine's Day. And if you didn't already know that, this is probably the most helpful garden tip you'll get from me this season.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 10:47am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, rose colors

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Garden Plot: Apologies to the deer and cold weather lawn advice

When I reported this one on Saturday, I had to change my opening line to "Garden Editor Mike McGrath with your Mea Culpa of the Day!"

Friday - 01/25/2013, 11:01am EST

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot

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Garden Plot: Rutting deer and WTOP discounts

Hard water is OK but you must keep the deer away.

Friday - 01/18/2013, 11:04am EST

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, deer

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Garden Plot: Winter maintenance for trees, shrubs and lawns

Save the Date: Mike will appear at the Community Home Show at the Universities at Shady Grove on Saturday Feb. 9.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 12:35pm EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, weeds, rye, lawn care

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Old Christmas trees, New Year's resolutions

Now that the holidays are almost over, put your old Christmas trees to good use and make smart resolutions to help your lawn when spring comes.

Friday - 12/28/2012, 10:11am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, christmas trees, lawn care

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Garden Plot: Grubs, greens and Christmas trees

Find out when to trim those evergreens and how to prevent grub damage, and remember these tips for a tip-top Christmas tree.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 11:00am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: Oh, Christmas tree

If you're buying a Christmas tree, there are a few things you need to know in order to keep it healthy and beautiful.

Friday - 11/23/2012, 08:32am EST

Tags: christmas trees, Mike McGrath, garden plot

Rosemary trees, home-grown gifts and voles

A sure sign of the approaching holidays is the appearance of those wonderful Christmas-tree shaped cones of live rosemary in garden centers and upscale supermarkets.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 09:48am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, christmas trees, amaryllis

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