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How to Remove Ivy Plants

How to Remove Ivy Plants

Many species in the ivy family are invasive, like English ivy. Ivy takes over the landscape and quickly covers the sides of buildings, fences and trees. An evergreen vine, ivy spreads along the ground or up 50 feet tall along the side of a wall. Since most kinds of ivy spread by seed, controlling es......[Read More]
How to Dig Clay in Your Backyard

How to Dig Clay in Your Backyard

No doubt about it -- soil that contains a lot of clay is difficult to landscape. While there are many plants that tolerate clay soil, if you improve it with organic matter, the choices of what you can grow becomes almost endless. Whether you are digging to improve your soil, plant a tree or for othe......[Read More]
Fungicide for Juniper Tip Blights

Fungicide for Juniper Tip Blights

Juniper tip blight is a fungal disorder that primarily affects junipers. Besides junipers the disease is also seen on white cedar, arborvitae, Douglas fir, fir, yew, larch and cypress. The most severely affected are creeping rocky mountain and eastern red cedar. Younger junipers and other tree speci......[Read More]
How to Create a Scented Garden

How to Create a Scented Garden

They say that scents trigger memories more vividly than any of the other senses. By creating a scented garden, you can bring back fond memories of childhood and special events such as weddings, with a few simple-to-grow plants. People love the scents in a garden, and gardens of this type date back t......[Read More]
Shade Tolerant Vines for Hanging Baskets

Shade Tolerant Vines for Hanging Baskets

Vines add vertical interest to container gardens and allow for gardening in tight spaces. Their trailing effect is especially effective when grown in hanging baskets. Vines twine up the wires supporting the basket and drape over the basket’s sides, creating falls of texture and color. Flowerin......[Read More]
Climbing Prairie Roses

Climbing Prairie Roses

Climbing prairie roses, also referred to as climbing roses or prairie roses, thrive in environments that provide a lot of open area in which they can climb and ramble as they grow. They are free of large thorns and flourish in 30 of the 50 states.......[Read More]
How to Grow Bean Plants With Manure

How to Grow Bean Plants With Manure

Using manure to grow vegetables is a time-honored farm tradition. Manure add nutrients to the soil and conditions it, slowing drainage in sandy soils and adding space between the compacted particles of clay soil. Scientists at Cornell University warn that cat, dog, and pig manure is unsafe and may c......[Read More]
Flowering Trees in Utah

Flowering Trees in Utah

Although the selection of flowering trees in Utah isn't as diverse as that found on the American coasts, the state's climate can still host a variety of beautiful species. Care must be taken when selecting one of these plants for a yard or garden, however, as one of the most well-adapted.........[Read More]
Common Biennial Garden Plants

Common Biennial Garden Plants

You can stagger the planting of biennials to have flowers every year.garden image by memorialphoto from Fotolia.comBiennial plants and flowers have a two-year biological life cycle. They grow roots, stems and leaves their first year. In their second year, biennials produce flowers and.........[Read More]
Fast Growing Screen Trees and Plants in Texas

Fast Growing Screen Trees and Plants in Texas

Loblolly pine is one fast-growing species that will provide ample cover.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesIf you want to plant a tree or plant to provide cover relatively quickly, many fast-growing species will thrive in your Texas garden. Pick plants and trees based on your soil type,.........[Read More]
Apples That Attract Spiders

Apples That Attract Spiders

Apple trees are found throughout the United States, both naturally and as part of a cultivation farm. These trees provide nourishment, protection and are a source of food for many insects, and small animals. Spiders are attracted to these fruit trees. There are a variety of apple species found in ......[Read More]
Nutritional Needs of Banana Trees

Nutritional Needs of Banana Trees

Banana trees are grown in tropical climates in the United States that experience 10 to 15 months of frost-free weather. In fact, banana trees stop growing when temperatures dip below 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Nutritional problems also make banana trees stop growing. Gardeners must grow banana trees in ......[Read More]
Planting Gypsophila

Planting Gypsophila

Gypsophila, more commonly known as baby's breath, is a family of more than 95 species of flowering annual and perennial shrubs that are native throughout Europe, northern Africa and Asia. Gypsophilas are most commonly grown for harvest in support of the cut-flower industry, but are also grown in res......[Read More]
Large Summer Flowers

Large Summer Flowers

Gladiolus plants are summer-flowering bulbs with large-flowered varieties.gladiolus yellow flowers image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.comFor big, bold color and interest in your home garden during the warmer months, choose plants that flower during the summer season. Select flower.........[Read More]
How to Care for Grape Vines in Arizona

How to Care for Grape Vines in Arizona

The lower desert regions in Arizona make ideal conditions for certain varieties of grapes, such as Flame and Thompson seedless grapes. Both of these grape varieties grow best in the sandy soil of Arizona's lower desert regions. Grapes in Arizona thrive when they are exposed to fair amounts of sunlig......[Read More]
List of Edible Aquatic Plants

List of Edible Aquatic Plants

Watercress is one of the most popular edible aquatic plants.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesFound in ponds, wetlands, marshes, oceans and rivers around the world, aquatic plants spend the majority of their lives either fully or partially submerged in water. Many aquatic plants are edible.........[Read More]
Self-Pollinating Blueberries

Self-Pollinating Blueberries

Blueberries are a delightful addition to edible landscapes. They fit along fencing, in garden corners and other spaces that might otherwise remain empty. A hardy blueberry bush grows 6 feet tall, yielding berries after it reaches 4 years of age. The berries generally start appearing on a mature bush......[Read More]
How to Plant Peach Trees in North Carolina

How to Plant Peach Trees in North Carolina

Peach trees grow to heights between 12 and 15 feet, producing up to 50 lbs. of fruit at maturity. Planted in the USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9, peach trees have a life expectancy of 20 or more years. If you live in North Carolina, which lies within hardiness zones 6 through 8, adding peach trees ......[Read More]
How to Plant a Pepper Tree

How to Plant a Pepper Tree

Pepper trees are native to Peru and other parts of the South America, but they have naturalized throughout Mexico and California due to their heat- and drought-resistant nature. Hardy to United States Department of Agricultural zones 9 to 11, pepper trees grow to be about 40 feet tall and 40 feet w......[Read More]
Varieties of Mexican Avocados

Varieties of Mexican Avocados

Mexican avocados are smaller and more cold hardy than other varieties.Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty ImagesPear-shaped with green skins, Mexican avocado trees prefer to grow in full sun on dry plateaus or slopes. They do well in the mild-winter regions of California, Florida and Hawaii,.........[Read More]