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How to Plant Boxwoods

Details: About Boxwoods . The boxwood shrub is native to Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Boxwood was first introduced in North America in 1653. Although the boxwood has enjoyed a reputation for hundreds of years as a hardy, trouble-free …

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the House

Details: An ant infestation isn't the worst pest problem in the world since most species of ant commonly found in the home do no real damage. The good news is that out of more than 1,000 or so classified species of ants in North America, only a few species are likely to take shelter in homes, and even fewer are likely to sting or cause damage.

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How to Grow Healthy Succulent Plants

Details: Temperature and Humidity . Succulents are much more cold-tolerant than many people realize. In the desert, where there is often a marked contrast between night and day, succulents thrive in the colder nights, where temperatures sometimes reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

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How to Grow Blueberries

Details: Blueberries include several species of flowering, fruiting shrubs within the Vaccinium genus, all native to North America. Blueberry bushes have pointed, oblong leaves that are leathery to the touch, turning a brilliant red in the fall.

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How to Install Landscape Fabric for Weed Control

Details: Landscape fabric works fine on its own, but it's usually best to cover it with a decorative mulch, rock, or other ground cover. The fabric separates the cover material from the soil, keeping stone and gravel clean and slowing the inevitable breakdown of organic mulch.

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How to Grow Tomatoes From Seed

Details: There are typically tomato plants for sale at local garden centers. But you can also grow tomatoes from seed. Because the plants are heat lovers, most gardeners don't have growing seasons long enough to start tomatoes from seed outdoors.

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How to Get Squirrels Out of the Attic

Details: Squirrels Are Powerful – and Destructive. Squirrels have been known to climb the brick or stucco wall of a four-story apartment house in seconds.; To deal with obstacles in its path, a squirrel can pull apart terra cotta and slate roofs.

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How to Remove Dandelions From Your Yard

Details: Dandelions, with their little yellow flowers and fluffy seed puffs, can be a nuisance to gardeners when they pop up where they're not wanted.Above ground their seeds ride the wind currents to propagate the species. And below ground the weed sends down a taproot up to 10 inches long that can be difficult to remove in its entirety.

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How to Grow and Care for Heliotropes

Details: How to Grow Heliotropes From Seed . Growing heliotropes from seed is the easiest and most popular way to grow these flowering perennials. Seeds should be started indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost to ensure that the plants have time to bloom before the first frost hits in the fall. Heliotrope seeds should be kept at a temperature between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit (12-24 degrees …

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How to Grow Morel Mushrooms

Details: Hunting for morel mushrooms in the spring becomes a sort of mythical quest for those who crave these forest dwellers. The netted brown caps of the low-growing fungi are perfectly camouflaged in their woodland habitat, blending in with the leaf litter and decaying wood that nourishes morels from one season to the next.

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How to Harden Off Plants for Transplanting

Details: Harden Off Seedlings by Gradually Exposing Them to Outdoor Conditions . Begin the hardening-off process 7 to 14 days before the date you will plant your seedlings outdoors.In spring, most seedlings are typically planted outdoors after the last frost date.

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How to Transplant Peonies

Details: The permanence of peonies is one of the qualities that make them such an enduring perennial in the garden. However, the same features that make peonies a sturdy and long-lived plant can also make them a challenge to transplant.Sometimes a move becomes a necessary alternative to plant loss. Perhaps that peony you installed a decade ago beside a young sapling today flounders in the …

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How to Grow and Care for Daylilies

Details: How to Grow Daylilies . Daylily clumps can grow anywhere from eight inches to five feet tall. As they will reach a span between two to four feet wide, space bare roots about three feet apart (or for a more dramatic show in the early years, space about 18 inches apart).

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How and When to Harvest Asparagus

Details: Trench: Dig trenches for your asparagus that are about 8 to 10 inches deep, and spaced about 4 feet apart. Fertilizer: Spread a phosphorus fertilizer in the bottom of the trench. A 0-20-0 fertilizer is ideal (the numbers and dashes describe the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, respectively, in a fertilizer).

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Orchids Shouldn't Be Throw-Away Plants—Here's How to Keep

Details: Debbie Wolfe 3. Orchid Care After Flowering . The after bloom care sets you up for future success or failure. Once the blooms have expired, you can cut them back or …

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How to Grow Blackberries

Details: Ron Hill / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 How to Plant Blackberries . As members of the Rosaceae family, the cultivation of blackberries resembles that of rose bushes. Fortunately, blackberries are closer to wild roses in their ease of care than they are to a hybrid tea rose.Blackberries will tolerate many growing conditions, but the harvest of a struggling blackberry plant will be disappointing compared

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How to Safely Clean Your Own Chicken Eggs

Details: If you are new to keeping chickens for the eggs they produce, it's important to clean those eggs before eating them.Egg cleaning methods are helpful to know for your personal needs or if you want to sell eggs at the farmers market or direct to consumers. Learn a couple of ways you can make sure freshly laid eggs are clean, safe, and attractive to buyers.

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How to Grow and Care for Columbine Plants

Details: One of the sweetest flowers in spring gardens is the Columbine. Columbine plants (Aquilegia spp.) have an airy appearance, with small, rounded leaves and tall flower stalks that hold the blooms above the foliage.The mid-spring blooms fill the void between early spring bulbs and peak garden season. Aquilegia's bell-shaped flowers are popular with hummingbirds, bees, and gardeners.

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How to Get Rid of Mold From Every Home Surface

Details: Hydrogen peroxide: Less harsh than chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide (three to 10 percent solution) will kill mold and lighten stains.While it does have a bleaching effect, it works more slowly than chlorine bleach but has no toxic fumes or residue. Distilled white vinegar: Vinegar is acidic and slowly breaks down the structure of mold and kills it.

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How to Resurface Concrete

Details: Compared to many home improvement and repair projects, resurfacing concrete is a relatively easy task that can be done with concrete resurfacing products available at any home improvement center or hardware store. Resurfacing is a good option when the surface of a concrete slab or structure is cosmetically marred but in otherwise good shape.

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How to Tape a Room for Painting

Details: When you’re painting a room or an area in your home, one of the most effective ways to get neat, professional-looking lines is with painters tape. This special tape serves as a barrier on surfaces you don’t want painted, letting you work quickly without worrying about making mistakes—essentially, it helps you to paint between the lines!

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How to Build Rock Gardens for Small Spaces

Details: Rock garden designs can range from to sprawling, naturalistic creations to faux dried river beds to rustic mounds of stones, soil, and plants.It all depends on your preferences and the amount of space (and rock) you have to work with. If you have a small area, often the best design is a simple, round raised bed made of select rocks.This design can fit neatly into any well-chosen nook and will

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How to Kill a Tree: Physical and Chemical Methods

Details: How to Kill a Tree . There are two broad categories of techniques for killing trees: physical methods and chemical methods (poisoning). Some homeowners will want to avoid the chemical methods, whether simply on principle or because they have safety concerns regarding the use of chemical herbicides (as when, for example, the tree to be killed is adjacent to a vegetable garden).

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How to Clean a Pizza Stone

Details: If your favorite type of pizza crust is thin and crispy, then you need a pizza stone to get that perfect crust at home. Whether you are making the crust from scratch, baking a pre-made or frozen pizza, or simply reheating slices from your favorite restaurant, a …

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How to Clean Soap Scum off Every Bathroom Surface

Details: The Spruce / Taylor Nebrija Soap scum and water spots show up very clearly on metal shower heads and faucet handles. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning, but here are some tips on how to remove soap scum and mineral build-up.

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How to Prune Lilac Bushes

Details: Most flowering shrubs need regular pruning to keep them vibrant, and the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is no exception. Lilac bushes will typically flower without any effort from you. However, if left to grow and spread on their own, common lilacs will eventually only flower on the tops of the uppermost branches.

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How to Get Rid of Moss in Lawns

Details: Many homeowners trying to get rid of moss in the lawn fail to realize that moss plants are an indicator that you currently have less than ideal conditions for growing grass. So this weed is not the cause of your problems, but an effect.

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How to Plant Zinnia Seeds

Details: Types and Varieties . Considering the height, color, and shape combinations, there are dozens and dozens of zinnia varieties to choose from. Since it’s so easy to collect seeds from zinnia plants, try sticking with heirloom varieties that will produce reliable replicas year after year.Still, there are lots of options when deciding which zinnias to plant.

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How to Stake Tomatoes

Details: The traditional tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum) is naturally a sprawling vine, which surprises some non-gardeners.But this fact will not surprise those who know the tomato is related to bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), a viny weed.If the tomato were a climbing vine, that would be one thing; for example, the cucumber (Cucumis sativus), a true climber, has tendrils that allow the

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How to Grow and Care for Moringa Plants

Details: Moringa plants (Moringaceae); sometimes commonly referred to as drumstick trees, horseradish trees, or ben oil trees; are native to the Himalayan foothills of India and Bangladesh.Moringa plants have long been used and revered in their native habitat for their amazing nutritious and medicinal qualities. So much so, that the moringa tree earned the affectionate nickname, the “Miracle Tree.”

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How to Use Gypsum in Gardening

Details: It's sold commercially in a granular, powdered, or pellet form for use in home gardens. Touted as being a great option for breaking up heavily compacted clay soils, it's also argued that the calcium and sulfur content in gypsum can help to promote healthy plant growth.

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How and When to Fertilize Roses

Details: An important part of caring for roses is regular and proper fertilization because roses are heavy feeders. Roses need the three macronutrients—nitrogen (N) for foliage growth, phosphorus (P) for root growth, and potassium (K) for flower formation—plus various micronutrients, including iron, calcium and magnesium.

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Safe, Easy Tips to Keep Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders

Details: Feeding birds in your yard can be rewarding , but it can also be frustrating if you don’t know how to squirrel-proof a bird feeder to avoid losing seed to furry diners. From buying specialized feeders to easy, quick tricks, it is possible to keep squirrels from taking advantage of your buffet without birds going hungry.

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How to Clean Your Toothbrush—It Needs It!

Details: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your manual toothbrush or powered toothbrush head approximately every three to four months or more often if the bristles become matted or frayed. The effectiveness of the brush actually decreases as the bristles become worn. While toothbrushes are sold with hard, medium, and soft bristles, the ADA recommends using a …

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How to Grow Quinoa Plants at Home

Details: Yagi Studio / Getty Images How to Grow Quinoa Plants . Cool climate gardeners rejoice! Quinoa is the crop for you. Originating from the high altitude slopes of the Andes Mountains, quinoa plants are accustomed to short days, cool temperatures, lots of light, and consistently moist conditions.

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