Garden Plot

Don't cut off your Christmas tree's bark

WTOP Garden Editor, Mike McGrath, tells you what not to do if you want to keep your Christmas tree healthy while it's up in your house.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:57am EST

Tips to keep Christmas trees looking good for the holidays

WTOP's Allison Keyes reports

Sunday - 12/07/2014, 03:34am EST


Garden Plot gift guide: Bat guano and tickets to a flower show

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has gift ideas for the gardener in your life, as well as tips on finding the perfect, healthy tree.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:34am EST

Garden Plot: Street-corner tree? Feel it up first

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you exactly what to look for when picking out your Christmas tree, and what to do to ensure no needles fall on your floor.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 06:27am EST

Garden Plot: Tips for a Christmas tree that'll last through New Year's

The holidays are coming, and Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips to make the most out of your poinsettias and your Christmas trees.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 09:16am EST

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

Garden Plot: Tips to shred, store and compost leaves

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips and tricks to make the most of those fall leaves.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 08:54am EST

What to do now to prepare your lawn or garden for winter

It's about to get cold outside and that means lawn lovers and gardeners have some things to do. In this week's Garden Plot, Mike lays out, step by step, what you should do now to prepare for winter.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 10:22am EDT

As the weather cools, some tips to strengthen your lawn

This week, Mike McGrath talks mysterious mushrooms, bad mulch and skunks.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 07:21am EDT

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

Annual event lets you peek inside local secret gardens

Another week, another Garden Plot roundup from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 01:43pm EDT

Tips on choosing the right backyard fruit tree

Garden Editor Mike McGrath has tips on choosing the best backyard fruit trees, as well as how to rid your plants of aphids and lawn seeding advice.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:30am EDT

Time to bring plants in for the winter

There are garden chores you need to do now in order to make sure certain plants stay healthy over the winter.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 09:55am EDT

Cold weather looms: Get your garlic and pansies

As cold weather nears, gardening habits start to shift.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:01am EDT

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

Garden Plot: Troublesome tomatoes, compost conundrums and fruit

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath explains what to do with troublesome tomatoes, how to feed your lawn and breaks down your September honey-do list.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 10:54am EDT

Danger signs can point to falling trees

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath calls falling trees and tree limbs "one of the biggest dangers of being outdoors."

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:55am EDT

It's time to give your lawn a little love

It's time to give your lawn a little love. WTOP Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath gives step-by-step instructions on exactly what to do, and what not to do.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 05:30pm EDT

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

When to trim crepe myrtles

WTOP's Mike McGrath has advice on trimming your crepe myrtles and on how to get bugs, worms and creepy-crawlies from eating you and your plants.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 12:40pm EDT
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, December 17, 2014
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