Cigarette SmokeWhen you smoke a cigarette, you create a cloud of up to 4,000 chemicals including tar, carbon monoxide, pesticides and formaldehyde. The other part of this toxic cloud spreads out into your environment, coating walls, carpets, furniture and plants. Just as cigarettes are harmful to humans, cigarette smoke harms plants’ growth by interfering with their respiration, photosynthesis and nutrition uptake.
How to Lower the PH Level of High Alkaline Soil. The middle of the scale is considered neutral, and the higher the number is on the scale, the higher the alkaline content in the soil. Plants require different alkaline levels in the soil, and sometimes the soil needs to be adjusted to suit the plant that will go into a specific area.
Learn to identify poppies native to your area, such as Mexican poppy, matilija poppy, and California poppy, so that you can easily distinguish them from P. somniferum. Become familiar with the many varieties of cultivated poppies, including Iceland poppy, Oriental poppy, and Himalayan poppy.Note that the maturing seed pods of the opium poppy are toxic and may be fatal if ingested by livestock or humans.
Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) in a spring forest image by Lars Lachmann from Fotolia.comTake a walk through the woods, in the mountains or along the banks of the rivers and streams in Montana and you will see flowers and plants from large trees to small meadow flowers that are native to the state. These same flowers are commercially available for the home gardener who wants to create a natural Montana garden.
BÃ©gonia image by Unclesam from Fotolia.comRex begonias are grown for the colorful and spectacular foliage and make excellent houseplants. While they can be harder to cultivate than other begonias and are prone to fungal attack and mold, the extra effort is worthwhile. They need cool but humid conditions and will not tolerate wet soil or still air.
MaulwurfshÃ¼gel im winter image by kernel from Fotolia.comMoles are more of a nuisance than a danger in the garden. Moles prefer moist sandy loam and their favorite food is earthworms. Moles are difficult to get rid of and poisons, traps and other methods have little effect on a population. Natural repellents are a desirable way to attempt their removal, and attractive due to low toxicity and residual effects.
Sweet pea seed pod image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.comAt their most basic, most plants possess roots, stems and leaves, and most produce flowers as well. The pea plant is no exception -- it too has all of those structures -- but distinctive anatomical traits not only help the plant to compete and survive but settle it in an important economical niche.
Panini with meat & ham with glass of soda image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.comSodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is capable of preventing or treating diseases of plants when you use it correctly. Sodium bicarbonate, by itself or in combination with other ingredients, has shown effectiveness in controlling disease and boosting the growth of certain plants, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Rose bushes create a vibrant and fragrant garden. Keeping rose bushes properly trimmed back will extend their life and ensure a full and healthy bush.Wait until the roses have undergone a major frost and leaves and buds have fallen off. Roses don’t undergo a full winter dormancy, rather a slow-growth dormancy that is the ideal time to prune the rose bush.
Salt BasicsSalt has been known as a plant killer for millennia. In ancient times, armies used to salt their enemies& 39; lands. A small bit of salt is mixed with water and applied to the base of an undesirable plant. The salt will kill the plant in a few days without harming nearby plants.Plant LifePlants& 39; roots are dependent on a process called osmosis.
The first Snapper power lawn mower was called the Snappin’ Turtle and was first manufactured in the early 1950s. As of 2010, Snapper still manufactures gasoline engine powered walk-behind mowers and their rear-engine riding mower. Replacing the cutting blade may become necessary when it becomes worn or bent.
Weigela is a flowering garden perennial shrub that throws out a profusion of pink, red or white blooms throughout the spring and summer. Hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8, weigela is an easy care shrub that is used widely in the garden for beds, borders, edging and low hedging.Select a site for your weigela that receives full sun to partial daily shade.
How to Grow Roses in North Texas. Here are some basic steps to growing beautiful roses despite the unfavorable conditions in North Texas.Select the Roses and Prepare the SoilSelect a location in your landscape for your roses. Roses require at least six to eight hours of sunlight, good drainage and adequate air circulation.
How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree. But fear not - the job& 39;s a snap if you follow these simple steps.Set up your tree in a tree stand.Get out all your Christmas lights. Join the strings together and test the lights. Replace any dead or dying bulbs and make sure the cord isn& 39;t damaged.How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree.
If you& 39;re in the habit of leaving your hose out in the sun or -- worse -- in the snow, you& 39;ll soon have to deal with pinholes, cracks and outright breaks. You can use tape to repair small holes and cracks, but major damage usually calls for removal of a section of the hose. Use a coupling to join the hose back together after removing a section.
How to Set the Height on a Lawn Mower. For proper care and to create a lawn that the neighbors envy, you must cut it to the right height; then you can take care of it through mulching, watering and fertilizing.Determine what type of lawn you have. The minimum and recommended height of your grass varies widely depending on the species, but you usually don& 39;t want to cut your blades any lower than two inches.
Periwinkle image by pognyc from Fotolia.comWhen you have a lush and dense shady spot filled with beautiful ground cover myrtle, you may wish to transplant some of the plants to a new growing area to spread the beauty of this herbaceous perennial. Ground cover myrtle (also called periwinkle and vinca minor) is a suitable choice for covering many areas in a landscape because it grows readily amongst a variety of other plants.
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesLandscape plans are drawings that illustrate how an area will appear once plants, fencing and additional items are installed or planted in a given space. To fully understand a landscape plan, understand the symbols and drawings, as each has its own meaning.Identify the buildings on the landscape plan.
Winterizing perennials keep them in the best possible condition to survive harsh weather and ensures that they will burst forth with color in the spring. They will repay your efforts with lush foliage and their classic, nodding flower stems.Remove old flower stems and wilted or dead leaves before the first frost date for your area.
Wild unripe figs on the tree in santorini Greece image by Antony McAulay from Fotolia.comFig trees (Ficus carica) are Mediterranean shrubs that grow to be between 15 and 30 feet high. Due to its cold conditions, fig trees must have proper summer and winter care for successful growth. Thankfully, even a fig tree that completely freezes in winter will most likely sprout again and grow quickly enough for fruit production within one season.
Elephant ears image by robert mobley from Fotolia.comThe elephant ear, a tender plant in the begonia family, is named for its large leaves. In temperate climates, elephant ear corms must be brought indoors to protect them from harsh winter temperatures.Store the cormsDig corms in the fall, after a light frost has turned the leaves a little brown.