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Parts of a Grass Leaf

The grass family, Poaceae, consists of a diverse and widely distributed group of narrow-leaved, non-woody plants. It is an important source of food crops, such as corn, rice and wheat, includes turf and other types of ornamental grasses. It dominates the rangelands that, according to Kansas State U

How to Replant Asparagus

Asparagus is a hardy perennial that can produce for generations if it maintained and cared for properly. It does have to be thinned throughout the years to avoid becoming root bound. If you have the opportunity to replant or transplant a patch of asparagus, give it a strong start by replanting it co

How to Prune a Bird of Paradise After a Freeze

The bird of paradise is a tropical monster of a plant. It is often grown as a houseplant in colder climates, but as an outdoor specimen is limited to areas like Florida where freezes are short and rare. The bird of paradise has large, wide leaves that taper down to thick stems. It is a relative of t

Uses of Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax comes from palm trees.palm frond image by Vonora from Fotolia.comCarnauba wax comes from a Brazilian palm tree called Copernica Cerifera and is derived from the fronds, which are cut, shredded and dried. The wax then flakes off in a powdery form, which is melted, strained,...

How to Protect Cherry Trees From Birds

Birds play an important role in the propagation of trees by dispersing their seeds in droppings. Unfortunately, they have to eat the seeds first, which in the case of cherry trees mean they eat the fruit. Grackles, catbirds, blackbirds and starlings often win by sheer numbers, but that doesn't mean

Ivy Plant Leaf Disease

The ivy plant, or English Ivy, is an evergreen vine native to Europe, north Africa, and western Asia. It is susceptible to several diseases which damage the leaves on the vine.

How Close to Plant Knock Out Roses

Knock Out roses are a relative newcomer to many landscapes and gardens. The Knock Out rose is an easy-to-care-for and disease-resistant rose variety that is capable of producing numerous blooms per each branch. Ideally suited for home as well as commercial use in landscapes and gardens, Knock Out ro

How to Remove Seeds From Pods for Planting

You can buy expensive seed packets for cultivating your vegetable or flower garden, or you can remove seeds from harvested pods to plant or store for the next season. Vegetables such as bush beans, peas and lima beans all hold seeds in pod casings. Getting at the seeds is a simple matter, but extra

Hydrangea Cut Fresh Flower Tips

Preserve fresh cut hydrangea flowers.Blue hydrangea image by gnohz from Fotolia.comHydrangeas, with their full petals, provide excellent decorating opportunities. Arranging these lovely fresh flowers with other flowers can make stunning bouquets. The flowers come in a variety of colors,...

Is Sugar Water Harmful to Plants?

Plant growers are always looking for ways to improve plant growth, including adding things into water. Some gardeners wonder if sugar will provide nutrients for plants and help them grow, but sugar water is more likely to be harmful to plants than helpful.

How to Build an Earth Berm for Terracing

Earth berms are long mounds of dirt that have many uses in gardening, landscaping and water harvesting. Use them to direct the flow of water from irrigation or precipitation, with the goal of keeping it contained where plants can make use of it rather than running off of your land. Earth berms are i

Ways to Bed Sweet Potatoes

Home vegetable production relies heavily on timing and preparation, especially when it comes time for planting. Sweet potatoes grow readily from pieces or roots of other sweet potato plants, but only if carefully planted at the right time of year and in the right type of soil, using the right method

Lime Tree Information

Lime trees are citrus trees that grow in tropical and subtropical climates. Also known as linden trees, they are tall, thorny evergreens that can grow as tall as 20 feet.

Whiteflies & Indoor Plants

Whiteflies are small, white, fly-like pests that feed on houseplants, sucking sap from the leaves. Infected plants lose vigor and experience leaf yellowing and leaf drop. Excess juice whiteflies suck from plants is excreted onto foliage and other surfaces, forming sticky honeydew.

How to Propagate Blueberries at Home

Blueberries grow on a woody shrub that is native to North America. The shrubs undergo a flush of growth in spring with berry harvest in mid- to late summer. Propagate blueberries at home to make new plants by clipping softwood cuttings in spring or hardwood cuttings in fall. Softwood cuttings have t

Brands of Potting Soil

The type of soil used for a potted plant will determine its health.Oppenheim Bernhard/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesPotting soil is vital to the health of indoor and outdoor garden plants as it retains moisture while still providing ample drainage. It also introduces nutrients to the plant...

How to Collect and Save Balsam Seeds

Balsam, "Impatiens balsamina," is an old-fashioned, annual, flowering plant that is regaining popularity. The flowers are sometimes referred to as lady slippers because of the shape of the blossom. Other old-fashioned sources sometimes refer to the plant as snap weeds or touch-me-nots. Bot

Phosphate for Blooming Trees

Flower production in trees is increased by higher amounts of phosphates.Tsuneo Yamashita/Photodisc/Getty ImagesPhosphorus is an important soil nutrient that plants require for many basic functions. It is the second number listed on fertilizer. Nitrogen is the first number, and it controls...

How to Root Grape Vine Branches

Before you root a grapevine branch, decide how you intend to use the vine. You can grow it for the fruit, for wine making, to create shade and to add color to your home garden. Then, choose the variety of grape that will best meet your need. For instance, pick Cabernet for wine and California wild g

Aquatic Bugs in the Pool

A number of different bugs and beetles can find their way into your pool. Some are harmless while others may cause painful bites. Most pests can be avoided by keeping the pool water clean and chlorinated or through frequent pest sweeps with nets.