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The Best Hand Pruners

Use bypass pruners to cut thin-stemmed plants like roses.Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty ImagesGardening is a three-fold activity: one part plants, one part soil and one part tools. Having the right hand tools makes gardening much easier; a good pair of hand pruners should be at the top......More...

Ways to Arrange Geranium Plants

Geraniums are beloved by gardeners and florists. These hardy flowers bloom in late spring and last in a garden until the first bite of frost. Available in a variety of colors including red, pink, yellow and orange, geraniums thrive in almost any soil type that's porous and well aerated. Arrange gera...More...

Characteristics of Different Soil Types

The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies soil into 12 different types. Some soils are better suited for gardening than others. Some are difficult or dangerous to build on. Knowing what characteristics your soil has will help you plan your lawn and garden.EntisolsEntisols have no......More...

Powdery Mildew on Maple Trees

Powdery mildew is a common problem of maple trees, and trees in general, and is caused by a range of different fungi. The underlying fungus is different for different species, but all these fungi cause the growth of a white mold on the tree's leaves and stems. Though this mildew can be......More...

Varieties of Anthurium

Anthuriums are grown for their foliage and flowers.Anthurium image by nomad from Fotolia.comAnthurium is a native plant family of the New World Tropics. The anthurium group, with more than 800 different plant varieties, grows from Mexico to northern Argentina and the West Indies.......More...

Drought-Hardy Plants for South Texas

Morning glory has very showy flowers.morning glory image by Earl Robbins from Fotolia.comWater is an important factor in plant growth, but some plants are more drought-tolerant than other plants. When planting a commercial or home landscape in south Texas, you should consider......More...

Rose Plant Information

Roses are beloved by many but thought to be a fussy plant best left to the floral trade. All roses are not alike, and they have different growing habits, making each type useful in different situations. The key is to choose the right ones for your purposes and your garden setting, and care for them ...More...

How to Grow Hydrangeas in Pots

If you love hydrangeas but you're short on growing space, you can still enjoy the lovely shrubs and spectacular blooms on your patio, deck or balcony, as many types of hydrangeas will grow beautifully in pots. Hydrangeas planted in containers require only a bit more work than hydrangeas planted in t...More...

How to Get Rid of Chiggers Naturally

The larval stage of mites in the family Trombiculidae feed on skin cells, leaving red, itchy "bites" that remain for weeks. With bodies less than 1mm long, chiggers bite a variety of animal hosts, and drop safely to the ground to digest before you feel anything. Chiggers prefer woodland areas, parti...More...

Do Pepper Plants Have Flowers?

All types of pepper plants produce flowers, which are necessary for the creation of peppers. Warm temperatures are necessary for the plants to flower. After the flowers fade away, the plant produces green or yellow peppers that turn different colors when mature....More...

The Best Fruits & Veggies for Your Money

Bring home ripe fruits and fresh vegetables for a cost-effective alternative to processed foods. Eating healthy is worth a little extra investment for sweet and tender produce, so be a well-informed consumer. Also know how to prepare and store produce to keep it fresh longer. With a small amount of ...More...

How to Make an Artificial Flower Arrangement for a Round Table

An oval or free-standing artificial or silk arrangement is a long-lasting decorative piece for a table. Silk flowers are available all year in a variety of colors and types. Realize that when arranging artificial flowers for a round table the centerpiece will be viewed from all sides. An oblong, re...More...

How Do I Deadhead My Amaryllis?

Amaryllis (Amaryllis belladonna) is a sun loving perennial plant that produces highly fragrant flowers late in summer. Amaryllis flowers range in color from light pink to red. The flowers emerge in a on the end of a long stalk. The Amaryllis flowers typically appear before the plant produces the ma...More...

Common Apple Tree Diseases in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a perfect home for apple trees.apple tree 1 image by Przemyslaw Koroza from Fotolia.comWisconsin has an ideal climate for growing apples. The cold winters and mild summers produce an environment in which apple trees thrive. Some of the best varieties for Wisconsin include the......More...

Are Camellia Berries Poisonous to Dogs?

Camellias are a type of flowering plant native to Asia. They are commonly grown in the United States and bear fruits, or berries, that can be eaten by your dog. However, these berries are not poisonous....More...

When to Plant a Fall Garden in Zone 6A?

Many types of vegetables can be planted in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 6a during the late summer and early fall to provide a fall harvest. Determining first frost and freeze dates for your area is key....More...

How to Grow Ashitaba

Ashitaba, an herb also known as "tomorrow's leaf," is native to Hachijojima Island in Japan. The herb is used as a rejuvenating food that may contribute to long life, and it is sought after for its many potential healing properties. The stems are filled with a yellow sap that is edible and contains ...More...

The Zone & Season for Zinnias

Native to Mexico, zinnias are popular garden flowers for spring and summertime flowerbeds. Theses vibrantly blossoming flowers are versatile annuals that you can coordinate with a wide array of other plants in your landscape. The zone and seasonal requirements for zinnias vary....More...

How to Grow Hot Peppers in Florida

One of the advantages of living in Florida is you can grow many vegetables all year long, including hot peppers. Hot peppers love the warm conditions and will usually flourish. Unless a freeze is expected, you will be able to sow your seeds directly into the garden at any time of year. You can also ...More...

How to Kill Fleas Indoors

Fleas are not easy, but not impossible, to get rid of. There are many safe and effective products on the market to combat them. The most important thing is to make sure that your pet doesn't get re-infected. Don't cut corners when cleaning, and don't forget to clean and spray underneath your bed, an...More...