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Homemade Pesticide Sprayers

When insects begin to ruin your plants or crops, you need to treat the vegetation with a pesticide. Instead of purchasing pesticides from the store, you can make your own at home. Commercial pesticides contain chemicals that can harm pets and the environment. Ingredients like orange oil and neem oil...More...

Homemade Clay Pot Fountain

Decorative indoor and outdoor fountains add a soothing quality to any space. Make homemade fountains using clay pots and a few other supplies from the local garden store. Unfinished clay pots absorb water, but will work well as the basin for your fountain if you first apply a sealer. Glazed clay pot...More...

Properties of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus flower extracts, served in teas, are said to have antioxidant properties.Yagi Studio/Photodisc/Getty ImagesHibiscus, also commonly known as roselle, is a woody flowering plant that grows in tropical and subtropical countries. According to the U.S. Food and Agriculture......More...

Transparent Leaves on Morning Glories

Leafminers are the larvae of flies, moths or beetles that eat the tissue between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves. The remaining membranes then make the leaf look transparent. There are more than 1,000 leafmining insects, but no one knows exactly how many there are. One common leafminer that a...More...

Beech Tree Characteristics

Native to North America, American beech (Fagus grandifolia) grows throughout eastern North America, including parts of Canada, and down into Texas and Arkansas. The tree is most easily recognizable by its smooth bark, which has served as a canvas for many carvers' initials. The carvings last the lif...More...

Plants in the Lily Family

Lilies are a bountiful flower in the liliaceae family.yellow lilies image by alri from Fotolia.comThe lily, or liliaceae, family has over 3500 species and includes the characteristics of leaves with parallel veins running through them and flower parts in groups of threes. Three petals and......More...

How to Prune Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia sasanqua is an evergreen shrub that produces red, pink or white blooms during the winter and spring. It can reach a height of 25 feet but generally only grows to about 6 to 12 feet in the home landscape. Camellia sasanqua usually requires little pruning, but with just a bit of yearly prunin...More...

The Erodibility of Soils

Soil erosion is not only a concern of farmers who need quality top soil to grow crops; it is also a concern to everyone who enjoys clean water. The erosion of soil from fields is a major cause of disintegrating water quality. Soil erosion is the result of many factors such as wind, rain, plant cover...More...

A Forsythia Bush Is Not Flowering

Bright yellow forsythia is one of the earliest shrubs to flower in spring. Although reliable and hardy, forsythia needs proper care. If a forsythia bush is not flowering, consider common causes first....More...

How to Grow Narcissus Daffodils So They Will Bloom Next Year

Narcissus is the botanical word used to refer to all daffodils. The good news is that most daffodils bloom every year with little effort from you. Unlike tulips that are not likely to re-bloom due to rodent damage, deer damage and exacting soil requirements, daffodils are the opposite. They are pois...More...

Powdery Mildew on Azaleas

Powdery mildew infections frequently infect azaleas during late summer when the humidity is high. The disease is more common on deciduous azaleas rather than evergreen species. The symptoms vary depending upon the cultivar and the environment....More...

What Are the Differences Between Corsages & Boutineers?

The differences between a corsage and a boutonniere are not always clearly noticeable, but their styles do have traditional variations. Both are small, decorative clusters of flowers meant to adorn clothing or a wrist and donned on special occasions. The corsage is customarily worn by a woman. A bou...More...

Black Spots on the Leaves of Snapdragons

With their showy, long-lasting flowers, snapdragons make their way into many gardeners' list of favorite plants. Placed in a sunny spot, the annuals will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. Typically, snapdragons require little care. However, if you purchase unhealthy seedlings or fail to con...More...

When Do Oak Trees Reach Maturity?

Oak trees (genus Quercus) belong to the beech family (Fagaceae) of plants. Defining an oak's age at maturity is difficult given the various definitions the word may have. As examples, the United States Department of Agriculture defines the maturity of an oak as the age when it begins flowering, but ...More...

About Petite Oleander

Oleander (Nerium oleander) is a common shrub in southern landscapes and coastal gardens. A variety of forms are available, ranging in size and bloom color. The petite form grows 3 to 5 feet tall and provides evergreen foliage in small sites....More...

Bugs on Hibiscus Buds

Hibiscus are attractive to both humans and pests. There are a number of bugs that like to eat their leaves, live on their stems and take shelter in their foliage. There is typically only one bug, however, that likes to live on fresh hibiscus buds and is visible to the naked eye....More...

How to Grow a Zipper Plant

Zipper plants (Euphorbia anoplia) are cacti native to parts of South Africa. These small, attractive plants are notable for their tiny purple flowers and for the striped patterns on their sides, which resemble zippers. These plants are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 10 when grown outdo...More...

Hawthorn Weeds

The Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a thorny, deciduous shrub or tree that can grow up to 30 feet high. Native to Africa, Europe and southwest Asia, it was introduced from England to Australia in the mid-19th century. The Hawthorn is now widespread in parts of Australia where it is considered an in...More...

How to Plant a Mexican Garden

Mexican cooking utilizes many vegetables and herbs that are adaptable to North American gardens, so you can have a fresh supply of ingredients called for in Mexican dishes on hand. A Mexican garden provides fresh ingredients to make tasty Mexican dishes and may be one of the most colorful and attrac...More...

Where Are Oak Trees Located?

The oak tree, of the genus Quercus, contains hundreds of species ranging in height from 30 to more than 100 feet. An integral part of American lore, the oak is used for everything from flooring to furniture to ship building....More...