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For Christmas, a festive plant that deer won't eat

Looking for a last minute gift?

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 05:28pm EST

Tags: Christmas, christmas rose, Plants, Garden Plot, gardening, perennials

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Garden Plot: An end to the de-icing debate

Rock salt? De-icer? Sand? Kitty litter? WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you how to keep your sidewalks and driveways ice-free, and what substance will actually help your plants.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 10:37am EST

Tags: Garden Plot,

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Garden Plot: Tropical plants make a Mid-Atlantic winter bright

In this week's edition of Garden Plot, Editor Mike McGrath has poinsettia plant rules and tips to evict ladybugs from your home.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 11:24am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, poinsettias, lady bugs, christmas trees

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Garden Plot: Essential tips for picking, keeping a healthy Christmas tree

Follow these tips and your tree will be nearly fireproof and won't drop its needles.Here's your guide for the perfect Christmas tree.

Friday - 11/29/2013, 05:21am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, christmas tree

Garden Plot: Advice for gardeners as temperatures drop this weekend

With temperatures getting very cold this weekend, Mike McGrath tells gardeners what they can do to keep their cool-weather crops safe.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 11:52am EST

Tags: Garden Plot,

How to improve your garden's soil over the winter

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on what to put on your garden to keep the soil nutrient-rich through winter and on how to get rid of those pesky gnats that show up on your houseplants.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 07:11am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, gardening, mulch

Garden Plot: New Md. lawn-care laws now in effect

Don't be a sodden suspect. Maryland's new lawn-care laws are now in effect.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 09:24am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, fertilizer laws, tulips, raking

Freeze watch issued for Thursday night

A freeze watch goes into effect Thursday night through Friday morning for counties west of Interstate 95, bringing with it temperatures in the lower 30s.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 05:07am EDT

Tags: freeze watch, weather, Colleen Kelleher, flowers,

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Tips to prepare trees for potentially damaging weather

As surely as summer gives way to fall, wintry weather will threaten in the weeks and months ahead. This is the time to prepare trees for bad weather.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 07:43am EDT

Tags: dick uliano, trees, weather, snow, caring for trees

Garden Plot: Keeping deer away from young trees

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says you need to keep deer away from the bark of trees younger than three years, and has some suggestions on how to do it.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 10:16am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Deer

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