Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Pistachio trees have been feeding mankind for quite awhile, perhaps as long as 9,000 years, according to the University of California at Davis. The trees grow to 30 feet tall with wide-spreading branches that grow gracefully downward. You will need two trees, one male and one female. If you don't ha
Blueberries grow on medium-sized hardy bushes. These bushes bear fruit only in summer but maintain their dark green foliage year-round and so can serve double functions as landscaping and fruiting plants. Blueberries need highly acidic soil, full sun and moisture for growing, but require only time t
Satsuma mandarins (Citrus reticulata) are the easiest to grow and most cold tolerant citrus for the home garden, according to agriculturists with Mississippi State University. The evergreen satsuma tree blooms in March and April, and the fruit is ready to harvest in October. Satsuma tangerines are l
A fresh flower arrangement is a beautiful way to add natural elegance and beauty to a room. Unfortunately, as beautiful as fresh flowers are, they never seem to last long enough. Instead of watching fresh flowers fade in an arrangement, use silk flowers instead. Some silk flowers look so realistic t
A good shed starts with a good foundation. A weak foundation will cause walls to tilt, slope, crack or even fall over. A shed foundation must support the weight of the structure and spread it evenly over the ground on which it rests. It must protect the wood of the shed from moisture coming up from
Marigolds are a species of flower, very popular in home gardens for their heartiness and long seasons. Related to the sunflower, Marigolds are typically not subject to pests and insect damage, as they emit a pungent scent that is unattractive to creatures looking to eat or take up home in their flow
English ivy is a great addition to any garden. As long as it is properly cared for, the ivy can provide a beautiful, lush ground cover, cover unsightly fences, and decorate building walls. Training ivy to climb a wall is easy if you know how.
Flowers contribute their intoxicating fragrances, attractive colors and organic shapes to any environment in which they are placed, making a space more pleasant, peaceful and appealing. While a classic, casually assembled bouquet of freshly cut garden flowers is always appealing, there...
Flowers exist in abundance partly because of their colors and fragrance.Adam Jones/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesAlthough flowers often appear as light and airy symbols of frivolity in poetry and literature, they are in fact designed with an evolutionary purpose that provides the flower with...
Invasive plants and trees are able to spread outside their natural territory and crowd out native plants, according to the United States National Arboretum. Common invasive plants include tree-of-heaven, English ivy and purple loosetrife. Eradicating invasive plants and trees will restore the natura
Pecan trees (Carya illinoensis) are native to West Tennessee and do well in many parts of the state. Pecan trees need rich, deep soil and lots of water for maximum yield. They also have specific cultural needs that require spraying the tree with nutrients and insecticides. Use caution when working w
Flowering and leafy plants are commonly sold in special hanging flowerpots intended specifically for display from a hanging position. Hanging plant pots are often hung from porch and deck rails, and even along the tops of fence posts. Metal hanging plant stands can be purchased in stores, but can be
You can't rush a good thing, and this certainly applies to the sago palm, a tropical plant that was around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Sago palm seeds take months to germinate and years to grow into a tree of any size, but when provided with bright light and good drainage they will grow into a
Fast-growing tomato vines are one of the most productive vegetables you can grow in a home garden, producing bounties that feed your family nearly year-round. However, the tomato plants need a lot of energy to produce these large, juicy fruits, and so they require heavy fertilizing and good drainage
The Western bumble bee, once common, has all but disappeared from the wild in California, but because they are excellent pollinators, Western bumble bees are still raised commercially for use in greenhouses. The Western bumble bee or yellow-banded bumble bee can be identified by different color vari
Dark-winged fungus gnats are resilient pests literally found all over the world, and although they reside throughout the entire United States, they prefer the Northern and Western states. In fact, Erin W. Hodgson and Brooke A. Lambert report in a 2008 Utah State University Extension fact sheet that
Weeds come in may garden varieties including stinging nettles, dandelions and broad-leafed weeds. Weeds can be a real nuisance, sprouting roots systems that stretch to several square feet. They disturb the growth of more desirable lawn plants by competing with them for nutrients, moisture and sunlig
Sheath blight is among the major fungal diseases of rice in all the rice-growing regions around the world, causing light to heavy crop damages annually. Though the disease had not been so prevalent earlier, the introduction of new susceptible varieties, reduced crop rotation practices, greater use o