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Guide to Maple Tree Identification

Guide to Maple Tree Identification

Some 13 native species of maple trees grow in North America; several are worthy landscaping types, able to serve as shade and lawn trees. The maples range in size from shrubby trees to tall ones, but most have similar, identifiable traits.......[Read More]
Most Permanent Fix for Clay Soil

Most Permanent Fix for Clay Soil

Digging in rich, fertile dirt is one of the many joys of gardening. Unfortunately, gardeners in some regions are faced with heavy clay soil. With the right additions, however, clay soil can become the perfect planting medium.......[Read More]
Crabapple Tree Identification

Crabapple Tree Identification

Crabapple trees can be difficult to identify, especially if they grow close to other apple varieties. However, there are a few characteristics exclusive to the crabapple. You need only to look with care to tell the difference.......[Read More]
Flowerpot Arrangement Ideas

Flowerpot Arrangement Ideas

Use pots in interesting ways to showcase your flowers.flower pots image by photobar from Fotolia.comA perfectly good flowerpot might never have seen the inside of a garden store—you can grow orchids from an egg. The unexpected selection of a container, or a whole row of containers,.........[Read More]
When to Plant Corn in Oregon?

When to Plant Corn in Oregon?

The topographical variations of Oregon have broken this Pacific Northwest state into four different gardening zones. Sweet corn can be grown in all, with variable start dates. Because corn is not transplanted, this crop cannot be started early in the greenhouse.......[Read More]
How to Divide Aloe

How to Divide Aloe

Aloe vera is a good plant to have in the home, not only for decoration but also for medicinal purposes. The gel inside aloe vera plants is good for burns, as a moisturizer or for skin rashes. Aloe is an easy plant to grow; in climates that do not have cold winters it grows easily outdoors, where it ......[Read More]
How to Germinate Timothy Seed

How to Germinate Timothy Seed

Timothy is a perennial grass that can reach over 3 feet tall and is commonly used in grazing fields for livestock. Timothy can be planted alone or, if you are growing a mixed grass for hay, with alfalfa. It is a quick-germinating grass seed that requires little maintenance. Plant your timothy in the......[Read More]
Indoor Plants for Low Light and Low Humidity

Indoor Plants for Low Light and Low Humidity

Certain houseplants tolerate low light and low humidity well.spatiphillum image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.comHouseplants are green, growing, living additions to the home that lend an exotic, earthy touch to interior decor and can serve culinary as well as decorative purposes, if herbs.........[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie Weeds

How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie Weeds

Creeping Charlie, while a pretty shade of purple, can wreak havoc on your lawn and landscaping. As a ground ivy, creeping Charlie coils up around your plants and restricts the amount of nutrients that are taken in. The creeping Charlie's roots then take the nutrients itself, allowing it to multiply ......[Read More]
What Is the Genus Species of the Mulberry Tree?

What Is the Genus Species of the Mulberry Tree?

Members of the fig family Moraceae, mulberry trees provide humans and animals shade as well as tasty, edible fruits. There are nearly 10 species of mulberry trees, classified in the botanical genus Morus.......[Read More]
How to Grow Shamrocks From Seeds

How to Grow Shamrocks From Seeds

It doesn't require the luck of the Irish to grow a shamrock from seed. Adequate sunlight, water and a bit of tender loving care are all that's needed to grow an attractive plant to add interest and color to your indoor living environment. While most shamrock plants are bright green, some varieties a......[Read More]
How to Tie Up an Orchid That Is Too Tall

How to Tie Up an Orchid That Is Too Tall

Delicate and striking, orchids come in various colors, species and price tags. Orchids typically feature a long stalk with a large bloom. The weight of the bloom can take its toll on the plant's stalk, which will begin to bend. By tying up the orchid, you will help the plant support the bloom and ke......[Read More]
How to Kill Caterpillars on Carrots in a Garden

How to Kill Caterpillars on Carrots in a Garden

Carrots are featured plants of many backyard gardeners. Caterpillars also enjoy the tender, aboveground vegetation of carrots. Army worms, cutworms, dagger moths, and underwings are a few of the caterpillar varieties that often cause damage to carrots in a garden. Control of caterpillars on carrots ......[Read More]
Watermelons in a Pot in Zone 6

Watermelons in a Pot in Zone 6

When you think of watermelon plants (Citrullus lanatus), you probably envision monster vines rambling through a garden patch -- not exactly the best match for container planting. New bush varieties, though, have an upright form and short vines, making them a suitable choice for growing in pots. Wate......[Read More]
Irrigation & Blossom-End Rot in Peppers

Irrigation & Blossom-End Rot in Peppers

Blossom-end rot is a physiological condition rather than a disease that causes unappealing lesions and rotting in several garden vegetables. It is most prevalent early in the season and affects tomatoes more frequently than peppers. In most cases, altering irrigation patterns minimizes blossom-end r......[Read More]
How Are Oranges Harvested?

How Are Oranges Harvested?

Known for the high level of vitamin C, the round, juicy, sweet brightly colored citrus fruit known as oranges provide health benefits and a tasty treat. Oranges grow on trees in large fields known as groves, mostly in warm climates such as Florida and California. To reach the fullest level of ripene......[Read More]
Uses for Maple Trees

Uses for Maple Trees

Maple trees are used for their wood and sap.japanese maple image by Horticulture from Fotolia.comThere are many varieties of maple trees, including the famous sugar maple, and people use them in several different industries. Maple trees are easily recognized for their intricate leaves and.........[Read More]
How to Prune a White Swan

How to Prune a White Swan

With its yellow cone center and drooping white petals, "White Swan" coneflower (Echinacea purpurea "White Swan") is a favorite for attracting butterflies and beneficial bees to the garden. Grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, this hardy herba......[Read More]
Perennial Tropical Plants

Perennial Tropical Plants

Perennial tropical plants are generally grown in warm climate gardens of the south in USDA Planting Zones 10 through 12. There are several ways to grow them in cooler climates, however. They take a bit more effort than azaleas and hydrangeas but the unusual exotic look they bring to a garden is well......[Read More]
How to Buy Macoun Apple Trees

How to Buy Macoun Apple Trees

Macoun apple trees produce sweet, juicy apples that are perfect for baking. The apples that are produced have a white flesh and red skin and typically reach maturity in mid-September. Different types of Macoun apple trees are available, and they're typically found in the Northeast. If you're thinkin......[Read More]