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How to Grow Guanabana Tree

How to Grow Guanabana Tree

Guanabana or soursop (Annona muricata) hails from Central America but is now cultivated across the tropics. The trees reach 30 feet, with smooth, gray-brown bark and glossy leaves up to 6 inches long. Their edible, heart-shaped fruit can weigh as much as 5 pounds and contain fibrous white flesh and ......[Read More]
Hedge Cutting Equipment

Hedge Cutting Equipment

In order to maintain both the health and neat form of a hedge, it is necessary to routinely prune or cut it. To yield the best results, it's important to use the proper equipment. Hedge cutting equipment is not complicated. There are a few options to successfully tend to the task.......[Read More]
How to Make a Teardrop Floral Design

How to Make a Teardrop Floral Design

A floral centerpiece in the shape of a teardrop can be a charming focal point for a bridal or baby shower. You can make this centerpiece at home by using a piece of floral foam to form the teardrop shape. A few floral tools will help give a professional look and no one will guess you made the floral......[Read More]
Special Uses for the Mimosa Tree

Special Uses for the Mimosa Tree

Mimosa trees are marked by their pink flowers.Mimosa Tree with blooms image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.comScientifically known as Albizzia julibrissin, the mimosa tree, or silk tree, is known for its colorful flowers and useful bark. In China, the mimosa tree is highly regarded for its.........[Read More]
List of Xeriscape Plants

List of Xeriscape Plants

Xeriscape depends on plants with low water needs.garden image by memorialphoto from Fotolia.comThe chances of water shortages increase with cyclical droughts and heavy per capita water use. According to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, there has.........[Read More]
How to Make Ghost Yard Stakes With a Bucket With a Handle

How to Make Ghost Yard Stakes With a Bucket With a Handle

Ghosts haunting your yard or den during the fall season is the perfect, no-hassle decoration. For those who don't want to place a stake in your yard or decide to hold the party inside on a chilly night, using buckets is a great way to transport your decoration anywhere. You can even recycle this dec......[Read More]
How to Repot a Star Jasmine

How to Repot a Star Jasmine

True jasmines are members of the Jasminum genus of plants, while star jasmine belongs to the Trachelospermum genus of plants. Although star jasmines are not true jasmine plants, they produce similar blossoms with an equally fragrant scent. Properly transplanting a potted jasmine to a new container p......[Read More]
Kiwi Fruit Plant

Kiwi Fruit Plant

There are more than 50 species of kiwi fruit or Chinese gooseberry vines, several of which produce edible fruits. Kiwis are originally from subtropical China. The first commercial plantations started in New Zealand in the 1940s. Kiwis are climbing vines and require support in order to grow to a larg......[Read More]
Common Black Semi-Large House Spiders

Common Black Semi-Large House Spiders

Many people cringe at the sight of spiders inside their home. However, spiders are often beneficial predators that feed on pests in your home and garden. Most spiders are not harmful to humans and only bite when trapped or threatened. There are a variety of common black house spiders that are fairly......[Read More]
How to Shape a Mexican Elder Tree

How to Shape a Mexican Elder Tree

Mexican elder or elderberry is a small tree which may get up to 30 feet in height. It is a temperate- to warm-climate tree, appropriate for United States Department of Agriculture zones 7b to 10b. Mexican elder is used as an ornamental plant and produces long white racemes of fragrant flowers follow......[Read More]
When Can You Move Hydrangeas?

When Can You Move Hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas are easy-to-grow shrubs that produce large flowers anywhere from spring until fall, depending on the variety. Hydrangeas in general prefer sunny areas with some afternoon shade and well-draining soil. If you would like to move your hydrangea, they generally transplant well, as long as you......[Read More]
Instructions for a String Trellis for Flowers

Instructions for a String Trellis for Flowers

Building a string trellis for the garden requires only a couple of hours and little financial investment. The string trellis will support a bounty of flowering plants and provide a season's worth of enjoyment. The trellis can be easily dismantled and stored at season's end and reconstructed the ne......[Read More]
Types of Italian Flowers

Types of Italian Flowers

Bright and colorful in any season, Italian flowers can be found on balconies, in homes, in fields and often are used as gifts. In Italy it is popular to send a bouquet of flowers for any occasion. In fact, Italians love their flowers so much, festivals of flowers are frequently held. From northern I......[Read More]
How Deep Should I Plant Allium Bulbs?

How Deep Should I Plant Allium Bulbs?

Alliums, ornamental flowering onions, produce globe flower clusters which make ideal cut or dried flowers. Approximately 800 species of alliums exist that produce small or large, baseball-sized flower heads, according to the Pacific Bulb Society. Planting the bulbs in the fall will produce blossoms ......[Read More]
What Characteristics Reduce a Bird's Weight?

What Characteristics Reduce a Bird's Weight?

Birds typically have adapted to survive in their natural habitat. This type of adaptation is known as a structural adaptation. Reduced weight in birds is a necessity for flight and is a type of structural adaptation. Even the few birds that are too heavy to fly, like the domestic chicken, turkey and......[Read More]
Sea Buckthorn Trees

Sea Buckthorn Trees

Also called sand thorn or swallow thorn, the sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is native to the coastal dunes and mountain slopes from Europe to eastern Asia. Maturing to look like a dense shrub or a small tree, sea buckthorn reaches 10 to 25 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide. Plants are either ma......[Read More]
Flower Arrangement Container Ideas

Flower Arrangement Container Ideas

The right floral container spices up your decor.vases image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.comThe right container can be an essential component of a floral arrangement. Manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, the container helps you create a bold and distinctive statement with.........[Read More]
How to Grow Peaches From a Pit

How to Grow Peaches From a Pit

A peach is the fruit of the peach tree, known scientifically as Prunus persica. This tree is native to China and is in cultivation throughout temperate regions of the world. Commercial peach trees grow from grafted rootstock since they do not grow true from seed. Home gardeners can also grow a peach......[Read More]
Does Santolina Repel Pests?

Does Santolina Repel Pests?

Santolina is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean and used in earlier times as an astringent and to rid the body of intestinal parasites. Later the pungent shrub was used to repel fleas and moths and is an ingredient today in many herbal pest repellents.......[Read More]