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Corn gluten time has arrived

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath says now is the time to spread corn gluten meal for a lush, healthy lawn next year. He also has tips to deal with poison ivy and hornet stings, and a poetic bonus.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:44am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, corn gluten, poison ivy, hornet sting, hornets, Mike McGrath

How to legally feed your lawn and still protect the bay

As fall lawn-feeding time approaches, Garden Editor Mike McGrath warns homeowners to take steps to protect their lawn and the health of the Chesapeake Bay to avoid repeating the mistakes that led to Toledo's water crisis.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 10:04am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, toledo, phosphorus pollution, lawn care, water quality, Mike McGrath

The two best ways to prevent deer from eating your garden

It's a problem growing worse in some areas where green space is becoming a thing of the past -- deer wandering into gardens and yards and making a meal of them. There are two good options that have proven to get rid of them.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 01:49pm EDT

Tags: Deer, MEgan Cloherty, deer repellent, groundhogs, geese, garden, vegetable garden, Mike McGrath

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Follow the nose: How to keep moles out of your yard

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips to keep moles and yellowjackets out of your yard plus pruning tips for various plants.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:50am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, yellow jackets, lilacs, moles

Garden Plot: Bagworms, wood mulch and artichokes

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on wood mulch, limb cutting and how to grow artichokes in the D.C. region.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 09:35am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

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, gardening, 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, gardening, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Varmints! Gnats, rabbits and chipmunks

This week, Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to plan a total re-planting of grass lawn, and how to fend off those pesky little summer creatures.

Friday - 07/04/2014, 09:19am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Ants in your pants

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath informs about different kinds of ants and how to control them, plus climbing roses and grass problems.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 10:32am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Tackling ticks and fighting fleas

It's that time of year again. Here's how to keep your lawn, your pets and yourself safe from pests.

Saturday - 06/07/2014, 11:00am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, ticks, fleas, Mike McGrath

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