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Guide to festive trees and the merriest of mulches

As the weather cools down and winter looms, new gardening mysteries arise. But with the right plants and proper soil treatments, savvy gardeners can make it through.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:45am EST

Tags: garden plot, rosemary, mulch

Using fall to your garden's advantage

From late-blooming flowers to blankets of fallen leaves, there's still time to care for your yard.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:28am EDT

Tags: fall, Mike McGrath, pruning, mulch, fertilizer, leaves

Good time to plant a tree, bad time to trim one

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on what you should and shouldn't do this time of year to keep your lawn looking great come summer. And, he tackles scary-looking caterpillars and gnats.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:50am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, spruce tree, gnats, caterpillar

Getting rid of yellow jackets in your garden

Last week was Japanese beetles, this week it's yellow jackets.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 09:38am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, yellow jackets, bees, beetles, pests

Attack of the Japanese beetles: Eradicating them the safe and easy way

The Japanese beetle can be eradicated without hurting your garden, pets or the good bugs.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 09:28am EDT

Tags: Japanese beetles, gardenplot, Mike McGrath

Controlling and preventing lawn grubs

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for cutting lawns and preventing grubs.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 09:25am EDT

Tags: garden plot, lawn care, Milky Spore, grubs

Rules of return for spring bulbs and pruning crepe myrtles

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has advice on helping spring bulbs, lilacs and crepe myrtles.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 09:54am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, flowers

Yes, you can grow your own hops

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on growing hops plants for beer, seasonal pruning, and those pesky moles, voles and rabbits, which can kill your lawn and plantings.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:28am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, hops, pruning grape vines, moles, voles, rabbits

From vegetables to chickens, backyard farming on the rise

The U.S. has seen a decline in farms in the last 25 years. One growing response is the rise of backyard farms.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 07:13am EST

Tags: backyard farming, Rachel Nania, Celebrating FOOD!, Susan James

Don't prune those roses now

Now is not the time to prune your roses, but it is the time to prune your maple and other big trees. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath also has advice on how to handle road salt on your lawn.

Saturday - 02/15/2014, 08:48am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, pruning roses, roses

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