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New Year’s Revolutions


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December 29, 2012 — It’s almost a new year! Mike McGrath reveals how you can resolve to lower your exposure to potentially poisonous pesticides while having a better looking lawn and garden in the coming year. Plus answers to puzzling growing questions.


Questions of the Week

It’s traditional to make positive resolutions at the close of an old year. So, in this thrilling episode, we’ll reveal how you can resolve to lower your exposure to potentially poisonous pesticides while having a better looking lawn and garden—and a safer indoor space. And we’ll begin by paraphrasing a writer whose name somehow escapes me. “Bacon?” Why does that name come to mind…? Ahem and anyway: To be toxic? Or not to be? That is the question, gardeners and homeowners… See Mike’s list of gardening resolutions »

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  • jaythebassist

    Mike – Thanks for having us on the show this week. It was a blast. Hearing you give great advice on the composter inspired me to finally get mine set up. Better late than never.

    All the best in 2013!

    Also, please tell Al that if he ever finds himself on Stanley’s stoop again then I’m in!

  • Monica Harold

    Mike,
    I would like information on the use of corn gluten as a weed killer/ lawn fertilizer. Where can I purchase it? When to use it–times of year? Is it useful in taking care of thistles as well?
    I am currently using a 4-step fertilization program, and I would like to switch to organic. Please Help!
    Thank you,
    Monica Harold, North Canton , Ohio

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Monica — I passed your question along to Mike and I think you made his day! He responds: “Monica–Good for you! There is a wealth of info on how and when to use corn gluten and the basics of organic lawn care in the “A to Z Answers” section of our site; just search under the letter ‘L’.”



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