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Fruit Tree Care: Green Worms & Black Leaves

Fruit trees are notorious for attracting a number of pests and being susceptible to a variety of issues. These issues affect the tree's fruit production and may eventually kill the fruit tree. Prevent this by investigating the issue as soon as you encounter it. Work to solve the problem and enlist t

Effects of Full Color Spectrum on Plants

Achieving optimum indoor plant growth involves utilizing full-spectrum lighting.flower pots image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.comWhile some plants may be able to thrive well under many different conditions, others are very particular in the type of light they require. The full spectrum...

Well-behaved Small Patio Trees

Trees grown in pots can add garden ambiance, shade and privacy to patios, decks and balconies. To eliminate raking and pruning chores, choose small-leaved trees that mature at less than 15 feet. Stay away from trees such as crab apples or maples, which drop fruit or seed pods. Choose pots for the tr

How to Maintain a Cherry Tree

Although cherry trees are sometimes tricky to grow, they are rewarding plants that add color to a garden. In spring, they produce delicate pink blossoms; some call these Sakura blossoms, especially when referring to Japanese cherry tree blossoms. Cherry trees also come alive with small red fruits --

How to Care for Luna Pink Swirl Hibiscus

Luna Pink Swirl (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a variety of rose mallow. Also known as a hardy hibiscus, Luna Pink Swirl grows to 36 inches in height and blooms in various shades of pink to white on the same flower. The flowers are huge -- up to 8 inches in diameter. Luna Pink Swirl has few care requireme

How to Plant Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn kernels, also known as flint corn, contain hard outer shells, with a soft center surrounded by water. It is the water that causes the kernels to steam and burst when cooked. When you are feasting on a handful of popcorn, you may not realize that you are actually eating the embryo of a popcor

How to Add Dish Detergent When Watering Plants

Instead of using commercial pesticides on your plants, spray them with dish detergent and water. The detergent will not prevent insect infestations, but it will kill the pests. Spraying the plants with the dish detergent will save money and help to control pests indoors and outdoors. Detergent will

How to Dig With a Stump Bucket

Digging with a stump bucket is essential for safe and expeditious removal of tree stumps and for digging trenches and waterways. Buckets are designed in a three-sided polygon design -- similar to a triangle -- for digging in narrow spots. A stump bucket is attached to a skid-steer loader, and must b

How to Use Natural Remedies With Tomato Leaves to Get Rid of Aphids

Tomato leaves contain mild toxins; to soft, delicate insects, such as aphids, they can be deadly. A tomato leaf spray helps to control an aphid infestation without leaving toxic residues all over your garden, adding to local soil pollution or rendering vegetables unfit to eat. For aphids that aren't

How to Landscape With Rose of Sharon

Rose of sharon, or Hibiscus syriacus, is a flowering ornamental shrub native to temperate areas of Asia. The graceful urn-like growth habit reaches between 7 to 10 feet in height with a 5-foot spread, making it a challenge to grow in smaller gardens. Rose of sharon presents several options as a land

Fall Color Flower Beds

Chrysanthemums are colorful fall flowers.Jupiterimages/ ImagesJust because the summer comes to an end doesn't mean that you can't have a flower bed filled with color. Several types of flowers reach their peak bloom time during the fall season and provide brilliant color...

How to Make an Indoor Palm Tree

Palm species such as kentia palm, bamboo palm and lady palm work well as indoor plants due to their tolerance for relatively low light and resistance to common pests. Even the most well-adapted palm tree species are not long-lived when grown indoors, however they produce an abundance of offshoots th

How Can I Get a Dragon Scale on "SoulSilver"?

Some Pokemon can only evolve through the use of an evolutionary item. There are 20 such items In "Pokemon SoulSilver," including the Dragon Scale. The Dragon Scale is a thick and rare item that evolves Seadra into Kingdra. If you trade a Seadra while it is holding this item, it will evolve into King

Zone 6 Flowering Vines

Morning glory vines quickly cover a trellis.Jupiterimages/ ImagesClimbing vines are functional as well as beautiful. They screen out unsightly views, fill in trellises and arbors to create shade and privacy, and soften the appearance of fences. Perennial vines are...

How Much Water for a Shrub?

To grow healthy shrubs around your garden and landscape, you obviously need to provide sufficient water for the plants. However, over-watering can cause as many problems as drought, and many homeowners are left flabbergasted by their dying shrubs that they watered so attentively. The actual amount o

Apple-Picking Tools

Use apple-picking tools to make the harvest easier.Apple-tree image by Beausoir from Fotolia.comApples are a delightful crop that ripens in the summer and the fall. If you have an apple tree in your garden, you may want to pick these apples. However, an old, large and established apple...

How to Prune Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora, also known as Southern magnolia, is native to the U.S. Southern states. This large broadleaf evergreen can grow from 60 to 80 feet tall with a 30- to 40-foot-wide spread. Large, showy flowers, 8 to 12 inches wide, bloom in the summer and fade to bright red seeds in the fall. Th

Sunflower Breeding Methods

It's all in the genes, for human, animals and even plants. The process of choosing and identifying genes is called "selection." Plant breeding uses selection methods to create the best characteristics of a particular plant family. In sunflower breeding, the most desirable gene characteristics are re

How to Sharpen Power Hedge Trimmers

Hedge trimmers are an asset to any homeowner with shrubs. The reciprocating blades cut swiftly and accurately leaving your shrubs looking manicured and healthy. As with any power tool, hedge trimmers require some maintenance in order to continue working well for many years. One such task is sharpeni