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The Effect of Water Heater Timers

One of the disadvantages of a storage tank water heater is the necessity of constantly reheating the water to keep it at 120 degrees F. One way to realize some small savings on your energy bills is by using a water heater timer.

How to Eliminate Herbicides

Eliminating herbicides in our vegetable gardening is a huge step in becoming "greener." Being green is all the rage, but trends aside, it is important to cut back on the amount of chemicals we not only put into our bodies, but also into our environment. There are simple, cost-effective solutions to

Does the Color of a Light Matter to a Bug?

Certain colors of lights attract bugs and other insects. This is particularly annoying when someone knocks on your door during a late summer evening. Opening the door to your guest allows dozens of bugs to enter your home because the pests are swarming around your porch light. The bugs are in search

Pea Planting Tips

Peas are an easy and delicious vegetable to grow.peas image by Coralie Palmeri from Fotolia.comThe pea plant is a hardy spring crop that is not difficult to grow. Assessing the conditions of your garden and choosing an appropriate variety of pea are essential to growing healthy plants....

How to Present Fresh Roses

Roses are sophisticated, classic flowers with cultural significance, such as red roses being associated with love. A profusion of rose blooms is a luxurious sight, whether they are growing outside or freshly cut in a vase inside. The appearance and fragrance of a vase of fresh-cut roses adds beauty

White Spiders in Miami

Miami is home to a large variety of spiders due to its warm, tropical climate. Of the many spiders found in Miami, only a handful of them are white. White spiders are often good at blending into their environment, making them hard to see. Many of the spiders found in Miami are a part of the orb weav

Plants That Live Near Water

Baldcypress is distinguished by its "knees."cypress swamp image by William Knapp from Fotolia.comPlants that live near water are specially adapted to the continually wet growing conditions and humidity near the water. Plants on stream and river banks are highly functional in that they...

How to Get the Best Tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy Planter

Growing tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy planter allows you to tend to your plants without the pain of bending over. The Topsy Turvy hanging planter has a hole at the bottom of the grow bag where you can easily access your harvest. Follow some simple tips when planting and tending to your Topsy Turvy tomat

What are Attracting Flowers?

Botanists call flowers that only have either the male or female reproductive organs imperfect flowers. In order to reproduce, the pollen produced by the stamens of male flowers must pass to the female flowers, which contain reproductive organs called pistils. Flowers attract bees,...

Do Evergreen Plants Like an Alkaline or Acidic Soil?

The pH level, or amount of acidity or alkalinity, in soil can determine how well a plant grows. Soil with a pH level below 7.0 is acidic; levels over 7.0 are alkaline. Though only a soil test can accurately determine pH levels, acidic soils tend to have a light, sandy appearance. Evergreen plants, o

How to Mulch Blueberry Plants

Growing blueberries in a home garden provides you with fresh berries you can eat right off the vine, add to your favorite recipes or use to make jams, jellies or juice. Blueberries are nutritional, low caloric, high in fiber and contain no cholesterol. Blueberry bushes start to produce berries durin

Vine Maple Tree Problems

Vine maples (Acer circinatum), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, are understory forest trees in the wild. In landscapes, they are often focal points and planted singly or as a clump. They have irregular trunks and branches, and they produce nearly round palma

How to Tell a Female Tree From a Male Tree

Like animals, plants use sexual reproduction to exchange genetic material between two parents. Therefore, plants also have male and female forms, although there is a degree of variation as to how these forms present themselves on actual plants. Most flowering plants have perfect flowers, according t

How to Grow Chestnuts

Keep your chestnut tree healthy and well cared for and you will yield an abundance of chestnuts. There are many varieties of chestnut trees. Make sure the one you have grows well in your part of the country. If you are unsure of the variety growing on your property, take a photo of it and a leaf to

How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Fungicide for Plants

Hydrogen peroxide, a multipurpose solution most commonly known for cleaning wounds, also works as a fungicide on plants. Peroxide works both as a preventative measure against fungus and as a treatment for fungus already on the plant. Use peroxide spray twice a week in humid locations or once a week

Mixing Instructions for Spectracide TripleStrike

Spectracide Weed and Grass Killer is designed to kill all green plants down to the roots. The company originally named the product "Triple Strike" because it contains three different types of herbicides. The product comes in ready-to-use and concentrate forms. You mix the concentrate with water in s

How to Care for a Wax Myrtle Tree

Plant wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) in groups for a low-maintenance, evergreen hedge or singly as an ornamental tree. Found only in the South, wax myrtle can grow quickly to a height and spread of 20 feet, growing as much as five feet per year, according to Clemson University. Whether you live on the

How to Grow Plants in Liquids

Although they're most commonly grown in ground soil or potting mix, plants do not actually require soil to grow. Plants can also be grown in liquids, namely water, a method known as hydroponics. Although the plants don't need soil, they do, however, need the same nutrients that soil provides. If you

Fossil Plants in Tennessee

With 11 coal-fired power plants and over 16 fossil-fuel plants in all, Tennessee's fossil plants produce nearly two-thirds of all the electricity provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the New Deal, the Tennessee Valley Authority has...