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GLT's Grow

From controlling critters to whacking weeds to finding just the right plant for your plot, GLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy is ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today. Let GLT help your garden Grow!

Support for GLT's Grow comes from Chris Holderly at Advantage Lawn & Landscape Inc., offering personalized services for commercial and residential landscape design, installation and ongoing maintenance—with a passion for all things green. Specializing in custom patios, decking and outdoor living spaces.

GLT's Grow: Of Mice And Rats

Dec 8, 2017
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When mice and rats set up shop on our property, they can pose a problem or two.

GLT's Grow: Winter Readiness

Dec 1, 2017
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Before you settle in for the winter, there's a few more chores that need your attention that will make gardening again in the spring more of a breeze.

GLT's Grow: Finding The Right Tree

Nov 29, 2017
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Farewell, Autumn Purple Ash Tree. Hello, bald cypress. Maybe!

GLT's Grow: Don't Hate The Thatch

Nov 10, 2017
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Your grass may not be alone. Underneath, there may be thatch lurking. But that may not be a bad thing.

GLT's Grow: Great Bulbs For Spectacular Results

Nov 3, 2017
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In the midst of autumn, it's a great time to prepare for spring and ensure that your landscape is a stunning site with an array of colorful bulbs.

GLT's Grow: To Rake Or Not To Rake

Oct 27, 2017
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As your trees leave you the gift of autumn leaves, you're faced with that age old question: Should I rake or not?

GLT's Grow: The Science Of Fall Color

Oct 20, 2017
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As the days get cooler and shorter, nature puts on a gorgeous display of color as the leaves change—red, yellow, orange and, yes, even brown.

GLT's Grow: Edible Landscaping

Oct 13, 2017
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There's an exciting new trend in gardening that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

GLT's Grow: Yard Decor Tips

Oct 6, 2017
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It's fun adding decor to our gardens. But go too far and you'll end up in tacky territory.

GLT's Grow: Pond Management

Sep 29, 2017
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Ponds on our property can add beauty and value. They can also add to our to-do list.

GLT's Grow: Making Wildlife Welcome

Sep 22, 2017
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Right now is a great time to prepare our yards for the wildlife that will stop by in the snowy months ahead.

GLT's Grow: Autumn Yard To-Do List

Sep 8, 2017
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Fall brings us the opportunity to enjoy milder weather, which makes working in the yard that much more fun!

GLT's Grow: Make Your Own Melon Patch

Sep 1, 2017
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One of the joys of summer is biting into fresh melon. It can taste better still when you grow the melon yourself. Patrick Murphy has some advice.

GLT's Grow: Breaking Wind ... With Trees

Aug 25, 2017
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Trees are a beautiful and practical way to screen your property from the wind.

GLT's Grow: Time To Transplant!

Aug 18, 2017
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Summer is slowly winding down, and with the approach of autumn it's time to make plans to transplant trees and shrubs in your yard. Host Patrick Murphy has this advice.

GLT's Grow: Adding Rocks To Your Landscape

Aug 11, 2017
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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing.

GLT's Grow: White Pine Threat

Aug 4, 2017
Jereme Rauckman / Flickr via Creative Commons

White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

GLT's Grow: Critter Garden Crashing

Jul 28, 2017
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For every iris, lily or rose that you plant in your garden, you put out a welcome mat for bunnies and other critters to come and dine at the leisure.

GLT's Grow: Stressed Out Crabapple Tree

Jul 21, 2017
Liz West / Flickr via Creative Commons

Stress is not only bad for humans. It can have a negative impact on your trees as well.

GLT's Grow: Dormant ... Or Just Dead?

Jul 14, 2017
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When the heat is on and the rains are not, lawns can shut down. But does dormancy mean death for your grass?

GLT's Grow: Downy Mildew Hits Impatiens

Jul 7, 2017
impatiens flowers
Jim the Photographer / Flickr via Creative Commons

Impatiens downy mildew is a growing problem in gardens across America. Defoliation and flower dropping are two signs your plants are infected.

GLT's Grow: Planting In The Shadow Of An Ex-Tree

Jun 23, 2017
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Karen in Normal bid farewell to a massive old maple tree on the west end of her house.  Now that all remains is a stump, she wants to select something new.

GLT's Grow: Battling Spider Mites

Jun 16, 2017
Peter Vogel / Flickr via Creative Commons

Here's a nasty relative of the tick that you don't want in your yard: the spider mite. It's hard to fight a battle against something you can barely see!

GLT's Grow: Planting For Pollinators

Jun 9, 2017
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There's increasing evidence that many pollinators are on the decline, but a few changes in your yard can help pollinators not only survive, but thrive.

GLT's Grow: Cat Box Or Garden?

Jun 2, 2017

You call it a garden. The cat calls it the bathroom. Can they safely be both?

GLT's Grow: Tracking Down Native Plants

May 26, 2017
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Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge.

GLT's Grow: Bugs To Beware

May 19, 2017

The jumping worm and the gypsy moth are two pests you need to keep an eye out for -- they're bad news for plants and gardeners.

GLT's Grow: Grow Your Own Popcorn

May 12, 2017
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What better way to enhance movie night than with a big bowl of  your own home-grown popcorn!

GLT's Grow: Hydrangeas 101

May 5, 2017
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The huge flower heads of the hydrangea bring a burst of color—pink, blue, lavender—to your garden.

GLT's Grow: From The Soil To Your Kitchen

Apr 28, 2017
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Sure, you could go to the grocery store to buy fruits to bake into a lovely pie or tart.  But wouldn't it be more satisfying to grow your own fruits for your baking needs?