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How to Cut Back a Monarda

A flowering perennial, Monarda didyma is better known as bee balm, for the pollinator it attracts. The plant is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 9, where it grows 4 feet tall and blooms June to August. Although bee balm flowers are not fragrant, its green foliage releases a pleasan...More...

Laws on Hedges

Hedge laws differ widely among municipalities.Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty ImagesMany people grow and maintain hedges as for aesthetic, privacy or safety reasons. The laws governing the use of hedges differ, as each locality can enact its own ordinances limiting or controlling hedge......More...

How to Make Money With Cedar Trees

In some regions they grow literally everywhere, shading out flowers and grasses, blocking breezes and making walking through the woods difficult. They are invasive eastern red cedars (Juniperus virginiana), a native plant gone wild and unchecked do to the large-scale suppression of fire. Fortunately...More...

Do Bush Beans Need Support?

Green beans come in two types: bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans form on compact, erect plants, while pole beans produce long vines. Both have potential benefits and drawbacks. Plant bush beans if you'd prefer not to deal with a trellising system, although your crop yields will be less....More...

Growth Requirements for Washington Hawthorn

Washington hawthorn is a deciduous tree with low branches known for its flowers, foliage and fruit. The tree produces clusters of small, white flowers in late spring or early summer. Its leaves have a jagged edge and start the growing season with a purplish-red hue before assuming the glossy green s...More...

How to Root Fruit Cuttings

Propagating fruit tree stem cuttings is a method of making a direct copy of the parent plant. While some types of fruit trees may require grafting of rootstock, getting the limbs to root is the first step. The stem cuttings must be from new green-growth. The limbs must contain no blossoms or emergin...More...

How to Grow Bay Leaves From a Stem

Bay leaves grow on the Laurus nobilis tree, commonly known as the sweet bay or sweet laurel. Bay leaves are one of the most commonly used culinary seasonings and are the main ingredient in bouquet garni. If you use bay leaves in the kitchen you know how expensive they are at the supermarket. Luckily...More...

Myzus Persicae Life Cycle

Myzus persicae, also known as the green peach aphid, is found throughout the world and all of the United States. The aphid carries disease among plants and will attack crops in the fields as well as those in gardens and greenhouses. The green peach aphid's life cycle includes egg laying and li...More...

Why Are the Leaves on My Gardenia a Light Green?

There is nothing like the sweet, heavy perfume of a gardenia bush in bloom. Gardenias exhibit shiny green foliage that make the plant a pretty sight even when not in bloom. If leaves are becoming pale or light green rather than the expected rich dark green, attend to soil conditions to make sure the...More...

How to Grow Dwarf Royal Poincianas

The dwarf poinciana is a smaller version of its more famous relative, the stately royal poinciana tree. Dwarf poincianas are more properly categorized as shrubs rather than trees, but they bear the same striking red blossoms, leading to the alternate names peacock flower and red bird of paradise. Th...More...

When to Plant Tomato Plants in Zone 3-4?

Growing tomato plants can be done successfully in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 and 4-- the coldest growing zones in the continental United States--even though tomatoes are warm-weather plants. The growing season in these two zones is almost the same length. The primary difference between the two is ...More...

Root Rot Cure

Root rot affects both indoor and outdoor plants. The main cause of this condition is over-watering, which breeds fungi growth and the fungi then attack the root. Plants inflicted with root rot often wilt and eventually die. When the strong, crown roots get root rot, the plant in most cases dies, but...More...

How to Grow Sweet Corn in Ohio

Also known as Indian corn, sweet corn is two to three times sweeter than field corn. Available in white, yellow and bi-color (white and yellow), sweet corn is an annual vegetable that prefers growing in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 11. If you live in Ohio, which lies within zones 5 and 6, sweet co...More...

Fast-Growing Trees for Landscaping

Fast-growing trees provide a number of solutions in landscapes. They create privacy hedges and fences, and they add shade in front and back yards. Fast-growing trees come in both deciduous and evergreen varieties and in different shapes and sizes. Larger trees that grow broad canopies are......More...

How to Grow Cumin Inside

An annual herb native to the Mediterranean regions, cumin is a candidate for indoor windowsill gardens. It is primarily cultivated for its flavorful seeds, which have a variety of culinary uses. Cumin is a common flavoring agent in Indian and Mexican cuisine, as well as cheeses, pickles, sausages an...More...

How to Grow Grass Where Pine Needles Fall

Not only do pine trees create shade, which can prevent some types of grass from growing beneath them, but pine trees come with their own specific set of issues. Since branches and foliage on pine trees are denser than many other types of trees, preventing light from filtering through, grasses that n...More...

How to Transplant a Rose Bush in July

It is usually considered best to transplant any bush or tree in cool weather, and when the plant is dormant. While rose bushes are generally sturdy plants, they also benefit from transplanting during dormancy. But it isn't always possible to transplant at the most optimal time, and you might find yo...More...

How to Raise Red Worms in Oregon

Red worms (Eisenia fetida), earthworms in compost and organic decomposing materials such as rotting vegetation, are typically used for home composting systems. The vermiculture materials needed for worm box construction and the subsequent raising of red worms can be found readily throughout the Stat...More...

Plants That Live in Dry Heat

If you live and garden in a hot, dry area, choose heat- and drought-resistant plants. Even in cooler climates, certain sites within your landscape, such as driveways, rocks or south-facing walls, may be heat sinks experiencing higher temperatures than surrounding sites. Though most plants grow best ...More...