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Spinning Squirrel-Free Bird Feeders

Squirrels are smart and sneaky. They easily enjoy more of the seed left out for birds than the birds do. Setting up a bird feeder will automatically attract squirrels as well as birds. Keeping squirrels away from the feeders is not easy. There are several "squirrel-proof" bird feeders on the market

Which Avocado Ripens in the Winter?

Prized for its delicious and nutritious fruit, the avocado (Persea americana) includes over 500 varieties. Avocados may be pear-shaped or round, the size of a golf ball or weighing as much as 2 pounds. All have the highest protein content of any fruit. Cultivated for 7,000 years, avocados mature in

How to Prevent Woodpecker Holes in a Tree Trunk

Twenty-one species of woodpeckers make the United States their home. They range in size from 7 to 15 inches. All woodpeckers have short legs, stiff tail feathers and pointed beaks. Many are colored black, white and red. These birds peck into wood in search of ants, insect larvae, sap and other food.

The Plants That Are Suitable for Hedges

Hedges add value to property by providing privacy, blocking an unwanted view, reducing the impact of wind, or by bringing fragrance, flowers and fruit to a landscape. Consider your site's sun exposure, soil type, USDA plant hardiness zone and water requirements before selecting plants for hedges.

When to Prune a Snowball Bush?

Snowball bushes are named for their large clusters of small white flowers. Many plants carry the nickname, but the Viburnum macrocephalum, or Chinese snowball viburnum, is the most common. This shrub blooms with showy clusters of creamy white flowers. The clusters resemble large snowballs and can re


Mangosteen is called the "Queen of Fruits"

How to Increase the Acid in My Potted Tomato's Soil

Tomatoes prefer a slightly acidic soil, between 6.0 and 6.5 on the pH scale. They grow well in pots, in potting soil, and may need only the addition of fertilizer formulated specifically for tomatoes to thrive. If the soil in your pot is alkaline (above 7.0 on the pH scale), adding acidic material c

The Best Blueberries for Zone 8

Blueberries are often thought of as a crop for northern regions, but southern commercial growers produce much of the blueberries grown in the U.S. Gardeners living in zone 8, including parts of Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, enjoy long warm summers and

White Fountain Cherry Tree Growth Per Year & Trimming Instructions

If you're considering adding a white fountain weeping cherry tree to your landscape, you may want to know what to expect from its annual growth and how to safely prune it. These are dwarf to small trees, and growth is minimal but pruning can be a delicate matter.

Can Miniature Roses Take Freezing Temperatures?

They may appear delicate, but miniature roses (Rosa chinensis minima) are tougher than they look. These Lilliputian roses are capable of handling temperatures well below freezing without harm. Miniature rose plants grow 3 to 18 inches tall and wide, with flowers as small as a dime, and they thrive i

Different Types of Palm Plants

Palm plants are very popular indoors and outdoors.palm image by Dave from Fotolia.comThere are many types of palm plants suitable for either indoor and outdoor decor, for homes or businesses. Choose depending on the look you're trying to achieve as well as the amount of time and effort...

Where Are the Seeds in a Water Hyacinth?

Water hyacinths are invasive floating aquatic plants with beautiful flowers. These South American natives, naturalized in rivers and lakes, wind up crowding out local plants in many U.S. states.

Mesquite Tree Flies

Mesquites (Prosopis spp.) are trees and shrubs from the pea family native to the desert regions of Texas, Utah and Mexico. The evergreen to deciduous plants bloom with greenish yellow flowers and produce beanlike, edible pods. Mesquite trees are thorned or thornless depending on variety. Common pest

How to Create a Wildflower Garden

A wildflower garden will provide endless hours of joy and beauty during the summer months. Planting wildflowers is also good for the environment and for wildlife. Wildflowers feed the birds and provide safe cover for animals like rabbits and chipmunks. Perennial wildflowers will come back year after

Agapanthus Elaine Culture Methods

Agapanthus thrives in coastal gardens and poor soil.agapanthus image by Karin Lau from Fotolia.comAgapanthus is also known as lily of the Nile, African lily and African blue lily, although it does not belong to the lily family but to the amaryllis family, Amarallidaceae. The foliage is...

How Do I Plant Canna in Oklahoma?

The canna, although sometimes called canna lily, is actually related to the banana. Grown from rhizomes, they are prized for their banana-like foliage and tropical-looking flowers. Canna thrives in United States Department of Agriculture Hardiness zones 8 through 11. Even though Oklahoma lies with z

How to Plant Palm Trees in Michigan

Michigan lies in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 6, far too cold in winter for palm trees to survive outdoors. Your best bet is to plant them in large containers and keep them indoors in winter and outdoors, briefly, in summer. Give them the proper light, moisture and tempe

What Is the Meaning of Reservoir?

A reservoir is a place or a zone where a supply is kept in store. It is most commonly used to refer to a large lake or similar body of water reserved for water supplies.

Root System of a Weeping Crabapple Tree

Taxonomically, edible apple trees and crabapple trees are virtually the same plant, of the genus Malus, differing only slightly in flower color, bloom time and the size of fruits produced. While the smaller fruits of crabapple trees are edible, they are mainly grown as ornamental trees with exceptio

Chickweed Identification

Chickweed, or Stellaria media, is a common weed that grows in moist, shady soil. Chickweed is a winter annual that grows throughout most of North America.