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How to Apply Grub Control With Merit

White grubs eat grass roots and turn beautiful lawns into weed patches with brown, dead grass. If your lawn is infected, you need a product that will kill the grubs and eggs as well as prevent future infestation. Learn how to apply grub control with Merit to make sure that next year, your lawn is he

When Can I Plant Seeds After Applying Preen?

The weed killer Preen is applied to the soil anytime during the growing season to prevent the germination of weed seed in flower or vegetable gardens but not in lawns. Preen controls seed germination for nine to 12 weeks, at which time it must be reapplied to continue to work.

How to Grow Large Hanging Flower Baskets

Hanging baskets add instant color and class to your outdoor living environment, and are effective nearly anywhere, including a deck, patio or balcony. Large hanging baskets are especially eye-catching and pleasurable to plant because they can be filled with a variety of colorful plants, unlike small

How to Kill Chufa Sedge

Chufa sedge is part of the nutsedge family and, in many areas, is used as a food source. Its narrow green blades make it look similar to grass, but chufa sedge is considered a weed. If you have this plant in your garden or yard, you could make it easy on yourself by just letting the plant grow. Howe

Mulberry Tree Silkworms

Silkworms are the larval form of the silkworm moth and the source for silk, one of the finest natural fabrics in the world. Once a wild species, the silkworm moth has been domesticated to the point where it can no longer fly and requires the care of humans to survive. Fed on a diet of mulberry tree

Tomato Growing for Dummies

Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden vegetables. They come in many different varieties and can be grown in almost any climate. Learning some of the basics about tomato growing can make the process easier for beginners. You can be growing tomatoes like an expert in a short amount of time.

How to Prepare Watermelon Seeds

Watermelon is a favorite fruit of the summer months and it is so easy to grow. In the northern United States, the growing season is short, so you will need to check the watermelon packages to find one suited for your growing area. Watermelons need warm weather with the soil temperature no lower than

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Vermont

The Vermont Master Gardener Program recommends using a technique called "lake-friendly gardening" to grow fruit in the state. The method involves choosing disease-resistant plant species, preparing the plating site well and avoiding treating the fruit trees with chemicals. The state's climate is som

What Soil for Bitter Melons?

Also known as the bitter gourd or bitter cucumber, the bitter melon is a native of India and China. An ingredient in several folk remedies, bitter melons contain high amounts of vitamins C and A, as well as folates (water-soluble form of vitamin B). The melons develop on fast-growing vines that favo

How to Plant Blackberries in Florida

Florida’s native blackberries are low yield, late maturing and tend to produce small berries. With temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 percent humidity more than six months of the year, most of Florida lies in the subtropic climate zone, USDA hardiness zones 8a through 11. Oklawaha

How to Grow Calla Lilies

The calla lily is an example of an old world flower that has undergone a transformation through selective cultivation. Originally white, it is now available in a rainbow of colors from palest pink and yellow to deepest purple. Miniature varieties are also popular. A native of South Africa, the calla

How to Grow a Black Walnut

Black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) are deciduous natives of North America and grow in USDA hardiness zones 5A through 9A. They can reach a height of 70 feet with a spread of 60 to 80 feet, according to University of Florida Extension, thus providing ample shade for a yard. Black walnut trees requir

Evolution & Classification of Flowering Plants

Early flowering plants may have been aquatic or weedy, competing with ferns for local nutrients.Hemera Technologies/ ImagesThough their existence dates back 100 million years, flowering plants are the most recent seed plants to evolve. Today, they make up 90 percent of...

How to Keep Flowers Alive in a Vase

Flowers can brighten up your day. While some flowers come in a vase or on a moss patch, others are simply a bouquet of cut flowers. Whichever way they come, it is in your best interest to figure out how to prolong the life of these flowers. Flowers in a vase can enhance any spot. These cut flowers r

The Best Ice Melter for Pavers

Nearly all de-icers on the market are made from one of five chemical agents- calcium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and urea, or a combination of them. The products differ by how quickly they work and at what temperatures. De-icers either release or absorb heat up

How to recycle plants

When you raise plants from seed, propagate them from cuttings, layer them, or divide them (See References 1), it is often a good idea to plant up more than you will ultimately need. That way, if some of your plants fail, you will still have enough for whatever you plan to do. However, if all your pl

Types of Flowers With Peas as Seeds

The seed that looks like a pea.close up image of green peas in a purple pea pod image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.comThere are many different types of flower seeds. Flowers with pea seeds are members of the pea or legume (Fabaceae) family, which has over 16,000 species--growing as...

Plans for a Cedar Planter

Patio planters typically are short or long rectangular shapes, while planters for indoor use normally take on a square shape. Decide whether you want to create a formal- or informal-style planter. A formal style can be created by using knot-free cedar and cutting it on a table saw. A rustic style, o

How to Grow Black Mission Figs

The mission fig was introduced to the United States in the 1700s when Spanish missionaries settled along the West Coast, and today the fig fruit tree is grown throughout the country. Mission figs do not require other fig trees to pollinate, and are therefore popular with home gardeners who want to s

Growing Pine Trees Indoors

True pine trees don’t do well as houseplants, though some potted pines can be brought indoors for several weeks each year to serve as holiday decorations. Yet at least one member of an ancient family of tropical evergreen conifers does fine indoors, assuming sufficient light and humidity. The