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How to Prune Persimmon Trees

How to Prune Persimmon Trees

Persimmon trees require very little maintenance. Pruning once a year is important to the development of the tree as it begins to grow and bear fruit. Persimmon trees bear fruit on new growth so the optimal time to do it is late winter or early spring so that buds are stimulated. Pruning can also be ......[Read More]
Can a Holly Plant Be Both Male & Female on One Plant?

Can a Holly Plant Be Both Male & Female on One Plant?

Holly plants are best known for their green foliage and brightly colored leaves. Holly plants come in both evergreen and deciduous varieties, as well as a range of sizes.......[Read More]
How to Thin Plums

How to Thin Plums

Plum trees usually set more fruit than the tree can support. A lot of the excess fruit will drop naturally as it grows, but often there will still be too many plums remaining on the tree. This overproduction leads to small fruit, and can eventually weaken the tree. Excessive production one year can......[Read More]
Lindera Benzoin Shrubs

Lindera Benzoin Shrubs

Lindera benzoin is the botanical name for a shrub commonly called spice bush. It is native to the eastern United States, but survives winters throughout U.S. Department of Agriculture Zones 4 to 9. Lindera benzoin shrubs are resistant to both insects and disease and are very hardy once established i......[Read More]
How to Deadhead the Blanket Flower

How to Deadhead the Blanket Flower

Deadheading flowers is a gardening technique that involves cutting off flowers as they fade and wilt on plants. Deadheading is beneficial for flowering plants because it allows plants to redirect energy toward making new blossoms, keeping your plants looking attractive in your garden. Blanket flower......[Read More]
How to Find the Model Number on My Members Mark Grill

How to Find the Model Number on My Members Mark Grill

The Member's Mark brand is produced exclusively for Walmart and Sam's Club stores. They make a wide variety of products from baby formula to frozen food to grills. If your grill is not functioning properly, you may need to order replacement parts. To do this, you will need the grill's model number, ......[Read More]
How to Plant and Space Russian Almonds

How to Plant and Space Russian Almonds

With its dark green, serrated leaves and delicate, abundant flowers in spring, Russian almond (Prunus tenella) is an attractive addition to the home landscape. These shrubby, small trees grow 2 to 5 feet tall and produce edible nuts with a mealy texture some people may find unpleasant. Deer and othe......[Read More]
Annual Trailing Plants

Annual Trailing Plants

Annuals are plants with a short life span of only one growing season. Gardeners use trailing annual plants in aesthetically pleasing hanging baskets and along trellises. Trailing annuals come in a wide assortment of plants.......[Read More]
How to Prepare the Ground for Paw Paw Trees

How to Prepare the Ground for Paw Paw Trees

The pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) is not a large tree -- generally 15 to 25 feet tall -- but it is packed with flavorful fruit. Each fruit, which ripens in late summer to fall, weighs 5 to 16 ounces and resembles the mango. In fact, the flavor is described as a cross between a mango and a banana. Th......[Read More]
Rust Diseases of Hawthorn Trees

Rust Diseases of Hawthorn Trees

Rust is the common name for an entire group of diseases, so named because their most conspicuous symptom is the breakout of visible, rust-colored mold growth on different parts of the tree anatomy. Many rust diseases are named after the trees that they most frequently infect (cedar-apple rust, cedar......[Read More]
Creepers as a Mulch Alternative

Creepers as a Mulch Alternative

Creeping groundcover plants provide a living alternative to traditional mulches. A traditional mulch consists of organic materials, such as wood bark, or inorganic materials, such as rocks. Creeper plants cover the soil in the same way as mulch and supply the garden with many of the same benefits. T......[Read More]
Mildew on Begonias

Mildew on Begonias

Begonias add a beautiful burst of color to your home. Sometimes they also add something unwelcome: mildew growth that can take away from the plant's appearance and damage it.......[Read More]
How to Make a PC Grow Box

How to Make a PC Grow Box

Growing your own herbs and small plants indoors is an emerging trend, thanks to the genius of some very creative recyclers. With more and more old PC Boxes gracing our landfills, some have found a way to use these boxes to create a healthy and clean indoor growing environment. If you have room for a......[Read More]
Halophila Seagrass Kingdom & Phylum

Halophila Seagrass Kingdom & Phylum

According to the Smithsonian Marine Station in Florida, halophila seagrass falls under the scientific classification kingdom of "plantae" and the phylum of "tracheophyta." Several species of halophila seagrass exist, including halophila engelmannii, halophila decipiens, halophila tricostata and halo......[Read More]
Fertilizer for Rose Plants

Fertilizer for Rose Plants

Roses grow best in slightly acidic soils.Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty ImagesRoses grow best in slightly acidic, well-draining soil, because acidic soils help rose's root systems break down necessary nutrients like potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. These nutrients enable roses.........[Read More]
Garden Flowers & Their Cost

Garden Flowers & Their Cost

Garden flowers range greatly in price, from a few pennies for a packet of seeds, to over a hundred dollars for a large arranged bouquet. Before purchasing flowers calculate which method works best for you.......[Read More]
Is Roundup Weed Killer Safe?

Is Roundup Weed Killer Safe?

The Scotts Company, which manufactures Roundup, states on its product label that this product is safe when used as directed. However, "safe" is a relative term; health problems have occurred due to overexposure to the chemicals in Roundup.......[Read More]
How to Plant a Commercial Tree

How to Plant a Commercial Tree

Trees offer shade, privacy, beauty and landscaping additions on a home property, and may also provide fruit or nuts in the home orchard. No matter what kind of tree you're planting, the best way to get quality stock is to purchase healthy, grafted seedlings from an established, reputable nursery. Wh......[Read More]
How to Water a Walnut Tree

How to Water a Walnut Tree

Walnut trees grow abundantly throughout a large portion of Eastern, Southern and upper Midwest regions of the United States. Requiring direct sunlight for energetic growth, walnut trees also need regular moisture because their roots grow very deep in the soil. When selecting a planting site for a wa......[Read More]