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How to Kill Dallis Grass Weeds

How to Kill Dallis Grass Weeds

There are a lot of tough weeds that can invade American lawns, and dallis grass is one of the toughest. Dallis grass grows from an underground rhizome and bears a tremendous number of seeds. Small infestations can be managed by hand-pulling as long as you get the entire rhizome. It will grow back fr......[Read More]
How to Get the Juice Out of a Crabapple

How to Get the Juice Out of a Crabapple

Crabapples are small fruits in the rose family. Crabapple trees bear fruit from the summer through the fall, though some varieties can continue bearing into the winter. The tart flavor of crabapples makes them a common ingredient for jellies, pies and juice. You can use crabapple juice to make a cra......[Read More]
In What Areas of the World Do Pear Trees Grow?

In What Areas of the World Do Pear Trees Grow?

Pear trees display magnificent white flowers in early to mid spring.Phillip Spears/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesMembers of the rose family, pear trees (Pyrus spp.) comprise nearly 45 different species native to open woodlands and hillsides across Europe, Asia's northern two-thirds and.........[Read More]
How to Grow Hydroponic Strawberries Hanging in Troughs

How to Grow Hydroponic Strawberries Hanging in Troughs

Strawberries are a tasty summertime treat, but many gardeners don't like all the bending it takes to harvest them. Other people may not mind the bending, but not everybody has room for a strawberry bed. Hydroponics is a great way to grow strawberries without the need for bending or a lot of room. Us......[Read More]
When Do Poppies Flower?

When Do Poppies Flower?

Poppies are flowering plants grown primarily for their colorful blooms. Depending on the cultivar, poppies grow from U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 2 to 9. Poppies offer a variety of foliage and flower styles. The ornamental plants range in heights from 4 inches to 4 feet tall.......[Read More]
How to Space Hibiscus Hedges

How to Space Hibiscus Hedges

Hibiscus shrubs evoke a tropical feel in landscaping with their large, showy flowers and attractive foliage. Many gardeners utilize the spreading habit of hibiscus shrubs to create informal hedges or privacy screens, particularly in warmer climates such as USDA zones 9 and above where the shrubs kee......[Read More]
How to Plant a Creeping Fig

How to Plant a Creeping Fig

The creeping fig (Ficus pumila) is an aggressive climber that produces delicate green leaves, commonly used in topiaries, hanging baskets and ground covers. This evergreen plant averages 40 feet at maturity, but three and four story heights are not unheard of. Creeping fig prefers planting in the ri......[Read More]
Pretty Summer Flowers

Pretty Summer Flowers

Carnations are popular summer flowers prized for their attractive blooms.Tsuneo Yamashita/Photodisc/Getty ImagesMost flowers pale in color or wilt as summer progresses and the heat of the sun intensifies. Some flowers, however, bloom during these times and decorate the weary landscape.........[Read More]
Animal-Proofing Your Vegetable Box

Animal-Proofing Your Vegetable Box

Some homeowners choose to grow their vegetables in individual boxes, or in a raised vegetable garden box. No matter which method is used, all vegetables left to grow outside are susceptible to hungry animals -- deer, rabbits and even groundhogs all enjoy chomping on fresh veggies. You can take actio......[Read More]
Native Plants & Shrubs

Native Plants & Shrubs

Butterfly weed propagates by seeds or tubers.Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty ImagesUsing native plants and shrubs in home landscaping is good for you and good for the environment. According to PlantNative, an organization that promotes what it calls "naturescaping," native plants are.........[Read More]
San Diego Soil Types

San Diego Soil Types

San Diego County's soil is diverse. It is also often inhospitable to large-scale farming. A comprehensive list of San Diego soils can be overwhelming, but knowing types of soil, how they are categorized and where they lie can offer a good start to efficient land use.......[Read More]
Tips for Extracting Oil From Fruit Peelings

Tips for Extracting Oil From Fruit Peelings

Air freshening, lotions and aromatherapy represent a small number of possible essential and expressed oil applications. While many spas sell these oils, you can also extract them at home from the peels of grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges. Not only do citrus oils taste good; they also assist in......[Read More]
Why Are My Cedar Trees Turning Brown?

Why Are My Cedar Trees Turning Brown?

Cedars are evergreen trees, which tends to imply that they will always be green and will never drop their needles. However, every once in a while you might find an evergreen that is turning brown. There are various causes for this.......[Read More]
How Do Green Plants Reproduce?

How Do Green Plants Reproduce?

Green plants--also known as non-flowering plants--appear in two broad categories: ferns and gymnosperms. Ferns have a long evolutionary history, while gymnosperms, though less evolved, come in both plant and tree varieties. Because green plants lack the structures that enable flowering plants to rep......[Read More]
How to Add Earthworms to Your Lawn

How to Add Earthworms to Your Lawn

Earthworms are your garden's best friends. They enrich the soil with their waste (called casings), which provide plant roots with nutrients and nitrogen, and aerate the soil as they burrow through it, allowing even more nitrogen to penetrate as well as increasing the soil's ability to retain moistur......[Read More]
Mold on Indoor Rosemary Plants

Mold on Indoor Rosemary Plants

Rosemary is a hearty, fragrant herb frequently grown indoors and used for cooking. Like many indoor plants, it is susceptible to fungal diseases. Powdery mildew, often mistaken for mold, is among these maladies.......[Read More]
Hibiscus & Pests

Hibiscus & Pests

Protecting hibiscus from insect and pest interference is an important step in keeping the plant healthy and making sure it will bloom for many seasons. There are numerous types of insects that affect hibiscus; learning the tell-tale signs of an infestation, as well as effective control methods for e......[Read More]
Life Cycles of Kousa Dogwoods

Life Cycles of Kousa Dogwoods

The kousa dogwood tree originated from Asia and is growing in popularity as an ornamental tree within the landscape, particularly in areas where the native flowering dogwoods are dying out due to disease. While similar in appearance to native dogwoods, there are also some significant differences tha......[Read More]
Turmeric Propagation Techniques

Turmeric Propagation Techniques

Turmeric grows from roots called rhizomes.Turmeric in Blue Bowl: 3 image by Leena Damle from Fotolia.comGrown for its roots, turmeric is prized as a fresh spice in the kitchen. It also makes an attractive ornamental in both herb gardens and in perennial beds. Turmeric produces mounds of.........[Read More]
How Long Does it Take to Grow Shrubs From Seed?

How Long Does it Take to Grow Shrubs From Seed?

Growing plants at home presents gardeners with many important choices. One such choice is whether to start plants from seed or to purchase a seedling that has already germinated and transplant the young plant to the garden. Each approach is attractive to different growers for different reasons, but ......[Read More]