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How to Start a Seedling From a Blue Spruce Tree

How to Start a Seedling From a Blue Spruce Tree

The blue spruce is a common landscape conifer with an attractive, natural pyramid shape and silvery blue-green needles. The tree is a compact, very tidy plant that often is a Christmas tree choice. Easy to propagate from vegetative cuttings, the blue spruce also can be started from seed. The blue sp......[Read More]
How to Kill and Prevent Chiggers

How to Kill and Prevent Chiggers

Spring and summer months bring chiggers, which are actually the larvae of harvest mites. Chiggers feed on the tissue fluid of amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals --- including humans. These microscopic larvae live in moist, shaded environments and generally breed in dense vegetation. They use th......[Read More]
How to Prune a Wax Leaf Privet

How to Prune a Wax Leaf Privet

The wax leaf privet (Ligustrum japonicum) is also called the Japanese ligustrum. It is used extensively in commercial and residential landscaping in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10. The evergreen shrub naturally grows to 20 feet tall, but the height is ofte......[Read More]
Shrubs to Go With Blue Atlas Cedar

Shrubs to Go With Blue Atlas Cedar

Blue Atlas cedars (Cedrus atlantica Glauca) are fast-growing, evergreen trees hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. They're notable for their dense, silvery-blue needles. Growing 60 to 100 feet high and 40 feet wide, these are large specimen trees..........[Read More]
What Do You Pinch on a Tomato Plant to Help it Grow?

What Do You Pinch on a Tomato Plant to Help it Grow?

Indeterminate tomatoes, left alone, grow on sprawling, robust vines. By fall, they are often a tangled, disease-riddled mess. Pinching the suckers on tomato plants keeps them more compact and encourages healthy fruit production.......[Read More]
How to Grow Common Figs

How to Grow Common Figs

Fig trees grow easily in warmer climates, but special consideration must be taken when raising figs in colder climates. A West Africa native, the young, common fig may be subject to winter damage when temperatures dip below freezing. Proper planting and preparation can help your fig tree survive col......[Read More]
Information About Hanging Garden Baskets

Information About Hanging Garden Baskets

Hanging garden baskets can add a splash of color to porches, patios, decks and garden nooks. The planting combinations are endless and, with a little care, the color can last all through the season.......[Read More]
Pear Trees for a Southwestern Climate

Pear Trees for a Southwestern Climate

Pear trees require winter chill to thrive and produce fruit. Large areas of the dry, low-desert Southwest have very little winter chilling, while high-desert localities and mountain regions of the Southwest have the requisite hours of chill. Pear varieties developed with lower winter chill requireme......[Read More]
St Gertrude Planting Regulations

St Gertrude Planting Regulations

The Saint Gertrude Roman Catholic Church of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, owns and maintains the St. Gertrude Cemetery. Like most sanctioned Roman Catholic cemeteries, St. Gertrude enforces a set of restrictions and regulations on flowers and other decorations placed on gravesites by.........[Read More]
The Best Soil Conditions for Rhododendrons

The Best Soil Conditions for Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons are shrubs that can decorate your yard in all seasons. Their flowers are vibrant during the spring, their leaves are a deep green during the summer and fall and are evergreen during the winter. Rhododendrons tend to thrive in humid, mild climates. Creating the best soil conditions for ......[Read More]
Tapeworms on Root Crops

Tapeworms on Root Crops

Tapeworms (Cestodes) are host specific, flatworms that live in the intestinal tracts of different animals. The worms do not have any digestive systems and so absorb nutrients through their outer covering. Tapeworms and their eggs are released into the soil through the waste of their hosts.........[Read More]
Creative Uses for Chicken Wire

Creative Uses for Chicken Wire

Don't be afraid to get creative with chicken wire. If you have some spare chicken wire (also known as poultry netting) in your garage or basement, you'll be surprised with the multiple uses it boasts for everyday projects. You can also find chicken wire at your local hardware store or nursery. It'......[Read More]
How to Landscape With Ground Cover Plants

How to Landscape With Ground Cover Plants

Because of their versatility in size, shape and ability to grow where grass struggles or is hard to maintain, ground-cover plants are useful elements in your home landscape. Not only do most ground covers spread quickly to form dense areas of growth, they help prevent erosion while adding beauty to ......[Read More]
How to Grow an Annatto Tree

How to Grow an Annatto Tree

Native to Mexico and southward into tropical parts of South America, the annatto (Bixa orellana) is an large evergreen shrub or small tree. Growing in rich soil on the edges of forests, annatto is recognized for its use as a red fabric or edible food dye -- bixin or bixa powder -- as well as its orn......[Read More]
Why Doesn't My Wisteria Plant Bloom?

Why Doesn't My Wisteria Plant Bloom?

Dr. Curtis Smith of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service says the question of why a wisteria won't bloom is the first garden question he remembers from childhood. He says the answers are the same today.......[Read More]
How to Care for Mums in Your House in the Winter

How to Care for Mums in Your House in the Winter

Garden mums, also called chrysanthemums, come in many colors and varieties. Some of these varieties will overwinter nicely outside in most climates, especially if they are cut back and covered with a thick mulch. However, some varieties, like florist mums, do not do well outdoors over the winter and......[Read More]
How to Plant Bamboo

How to Plant Bamboo

Bamboo is an exotic plant that conjures up images of China and the Far East. It has long been a staple of Eastern culture, and now it's become quite popular in the Western world as well. Bamboo is both an elegant and exotic addition to almost any garden, presenting a new alternative to typical fenci......[Read More]
How to Plant Cotton in Arkansas

How to Plant Cotton in Arkansas

Cotton plays an important role in Arkansas' history. Today, cotton is big business in the state, according to Van Hawkins of Arkansas State University. A summer crop, cotton thrives during the hot days and warm nights of the Arkansas summer. Wait until the soil temperature, at a depth of 3 inches, ......[Read More]
How to Propagate a Peace Lily by Cutting

How to Propagate a Peace Lily by Cutting

Peace lily is the common name for several species within the genus Spathiphyllum. They are commonly cultivated as houseplants for their large, glossy green leaves and white flowers, which superficially resemble lilies in their shape and texture. Although easy to propagate at home, peace lilies will ......[Read More]
Information on Hoya Carnosa

Information on Hoya Carnosa

The Hoya species, which is part of the Asclepiadaceae or milkweed family, comprises approximately 100 different species of plants, including the wax plant, Hoya carnosa. Hoya carnosas are native to Australia and Eastern Asia, but they are commonly cultivated as house plants in the United States. The......[Read More]