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Gardening with kids: Tips and advice for starting an active and healthy habit

For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers. Several area experts offer advice and tips on making gardening a fun, healthy and rewarding summer activity for youth.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:52am EDT

Tags: gardening, kids, obesity, screen time, We Can!, National Gardening Association, Hoai-Tran Bui, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: How to beat back mosquitoes

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath answers all of your garden and lawn care questions. On the list this week: controlling ticks and mosquitoes, wise watering and rose bush care.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 10:49am EDT

Tags: gardening, Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, Tick Tubes, watering, mosquitoes, ticks, lawn care


Preventing and treating poison ivy

It's the time of year when everyone starts heading outside. And it is also the time of year when doctors see an uptick in poison ivy cases.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 07:21am EDT

Tags: poison ivy, Paula Wolfson, gardening, spring, Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, Howard Brooks, georgetown

Garden Plot: Grow delicious tomatoes and ward off frost damage

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips for protecting plants from a late spring frost, growing tomatoes and keeping lawns green.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 10:20am EDT

Tags: tomatoes, mulch, Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, frost


Lack of tree sex causes worse allergy symptoms

If your allergies are acting up, it may be due to a lack of sex.

Monday - 05/06/2013, 07:30am EDT

Tags: allergies, ginkgo, crab apple, trees, Mike McGrath, Hank Silverberg

Loading up on wood mulch is not the answer

You might be looking for ways to spruce up your yard this time of year. But if you're thinking about loading up on wood mulch, think again. Wood mulch can start as dead trees, construction debris and shipping pallets.

Sunday - 05/05/2013, 07:26am EDT

Tags: mulch, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Tomato plants need warm nights

Nights with temperatures in the 40s won't kill your plants as impressively as frost, but those temperatures will stunt the growth of your tomato plants.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 10:04am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, tomatoes, Mike McGrath, crabgrass, mulch, gardening


Tick Tubes: Solving the creepy, sometimes deadly problem

There's a little problem creeping around in your backyard: ticks. The good news is that spring is an ideal time of year to get on top of it.

Sunday - 04/28/2013, 03:59pm EDT

Tags: Tick Tubes, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

Weed and seed like a pro with advice from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, weeds, ticks, pets, Mike McGrath


Cicadas, ticks and moles in your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on cicadas, moles and ticks. And he has some tips about when to put your summer plants outside.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 03:53am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, cicadas, moles, ticks

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