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Choosing the right mulch and battling moss

In a recent university study, two inches of yard waste compost outperformed all other mulches and it provided all the food its plants required.

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Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 05:00pm EDT

Termites, ticks and last-minute tomato tips

As I've been stressing for more than a decade, "mulch" does NOT mean "wood." In fact, wood is the second-worst mulch material you can use.

Tags: Garden Plot

Friday - 05/13/2011, 11:47am EDT

Happy Easter! Here's how to achieve stink bug relief

I was recently contacted by a gentleman from Delaware who was sick of these alien pests invading his home in the fall, so he constructed a trap that intercepts them as they swarm outside.

Tags: stink bugs , Maryland Department of Natural Resources , Ocean Pines Community Home Show , Garden Plot , cicada killer

Friday - 04/22/2011, 12:51pm EDT

Ants, clover, bees and 'skeeters!

Sprays do not work against ants because the vast majority of the pests, and the all-important queen, are in hidden nests that the sprays never reach.

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Thursday - 04/14/2011, 07:51pm EDT

How to keep stink bugs out of your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath puts an interesting spin on how you should get rid of these bugs.

Tags: stink bug , stinkbugs , Darci Marchese , gardening

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 01:04am EST

Save your tree from becoming a fire hazard

A dry Christmas tree can go up in flames in a matter of seconds. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath says there is an easy way to prevent this problem - bathing that evergreen with lots of water.

Tags: Christmas , Christmas tree , fire hazard , Kathy Stewart

Friday - 12/24/2010, 05:25pm EST

Got bedbugs? Avoid exterminator scams

Bedbugs are among the hardest pests to eliminate.

Tags: bedbugs , National Pest Management Association , Evan Haning , exterminators , scams

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 04:59pm EDT

How can I get rid of stink bugs?

Don't panic. They won't hurt you if they get inside.

Tags: stink bugs , stinkbugs , Mike Raupp , entomologist , University of Maryland

Sunday - 09/26/2010, 03:52pm EDT

Tips on not letting the bedbugs bite

If you have any suspicion that bedbugs have moved in, WTOP's Mike McGrath recommends good vacuuming.

Tags: Bed Bugs , Garden Plot

Friday - 08/20/2010, 02:28pm EDT

How do you keep your plants from turning?

WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath says overhead watering might be dis-coloring your plants.

Tags: Darci Marchese , fungus , water , flowers , Plants , Black-eyed Susans , Answer Desk

Wednesday - 08/11/2010, 02:07pm EDT
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