You Bet Your Garden

Saturday 5:00 - 6:00am


You Bet Your Garden offers fiercely organic advice to gardeners far and wide: Tips on caring for plants, fending off pests, wrestling with weeds, dealing with disease, and all the other fun things we outdoor enthusiasts enjoy sooooo much.

Best practices to keep your water sources clean

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Runoff from fertilizer recently made Toledo’s water undrinkable. Mike McGrath explains how you can help be part of the solution instead of the problem when you feed your cool-season lawn for the fall. Plus: Answers to all your growing questions.

Where oh where did the hydrangeas go?

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In regions where winter was harsh there is a stunning lack of hydrangeas in bloom. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will reveal why this happened and how to get your shrubs back in gear next season! Plus your fabulous phone calls.

Learn how to reign in your evergreens!

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Mike McGrath explains what to do when your yard suddenly has sun, how to rid your summer squash of stinkbugs, the best way to kill weeds growing in your walkway, why you need to watch out for Neonicatoid, how to transplant flower bulbs and how to reign in your evergreens.

Turns out a dead Japanese beetle IS a good Japanese beetle!

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Mike McGrath explains when to plant a new lawn, why you need to keep your greenhouse cool, the best way to eradicate Fusarium wilt, how to feed your garden, tricks to protect your roses from viruses, and what to do with dead Japanese beetles.

An ancient weed known as “horsetail”

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This week, Mike explains why you should leave your tree bases bare, how to get your blueberries to thrive, why plants should not be handled after it rains, the reason to keep kitchen scraps out of your garden, how to get rid of yellow jackets without chemicals, and how to get rid of horsetail weed.

The wild world of the gooseberry

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Looking for a tasty fruit-producing plant that can take some shade? Mike McGrath introduces the wild world of the gooseberry! Plus: A young inventor discusses his ingenious raised bed garden on wheels; and answers to all your growing questions.

The Mystery of the Wild Violets

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Mike McGrath explains what to do with wild violet, offers help for a rose bush, and gives advice on dealing with an ant problem. Plus: Mike speaks with Kyla Kruse on proper tree planting.

Another way to look at stinging nettle

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Mike McGrath explains how to identify and treat brown rot, what pruning techniques can revive your trees, how to eradicate Japanese stilt grass and another way to look at stinging nettle. Plus: Mike speaks with Stacey Hirvela.

How SHOULD schools deal with weeds?

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Mike McGrath explains how to use epsom salts in your garden, when it's time to give up on your Japanese maple tree, how to eliminate slugs safely, the best way to achieve a clover-free lawn, and how schools SHOULD manage their weeds.

Make sense of dollar weed

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Many people have honored their ancestors by researching their family history. Mike McGrath speaks with an author who travelled back in time to learn the secret of his great great great grandmother’s rose. Plus dollarweed, pennywort and answers to all your growing questions.