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How to Repair a Split Tree
I will apply another rope or twine around the same branches later, only not tied all the way around each branch.INSTALL BOLT/NUT -- I have to admit now, after several weeks the glue did not hold.
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How to Make a Pecan Picker
Thread one wire through the right side of the pole and out the left, while you thread the other wire through the left side of the pole and out the right.Pull the wires tightly and wrap them toward the front of the pole.
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How to Grow Broccoli in a Greenhouse
Cold nights, for instance, can frostbite plants in an unheated greenhouse, wasting your hard work.Grow broccoli in a greenhouse to have it all year round.Install adequate central heating and cooling in the greenhouse, knowing that greenhouses get only...
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Animals That Eat Hibiscus Plants
You can protect your plants with chemical sprays (however, many sprays are detrimental to hibiscus) or a net.Relocate any turtles you see meandering around your backyard.While turtles may seem unlikely suspects, they enjoy snacking on the leaves of hibiscus...
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How to Grow Pillow Moss
Pillow moss generally comes in compacted clumps, and you may need to pry the moss apart after it has soaked in order to cover the base of the terrarium.Mist the moss several times each day to maintain a high level of humidity in the terrarium.
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My Corn Plants Don\'t Grow Tall
As long as the growth problem is related to shorter internodes, it will not affect grain size. The new leaves that are emerging at the top of the plant will contribute to grain size, and these will continue to grow if conditions permit.
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How to Keep Animals From Eating the Roses
Inspect the trap every few hours and reposition it you fail to catch the animal in a few days.Fence the area to keep the animals from entering your garden. For instance, deer avoid snapdragon, dianthus, yarrow, bee balm and vinca, so grow these around...
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The Best Fertilizer for Plumerias
Of fertilizer for every inch of trunk diameter. Growing to 30 feet in height, the best way to get your plumeria to bloom is by applying fertilizer.The best fertilizer for plumeria trees is one that is high in phosphorous, such as 10-30-10.
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How to Grow Tomatoes in 5-Gallon Buckets
Poke the stake into the soil about 2 inches from the plant so you don't injure the roots. Drill 1/4- to 1/2-inch holes on the lower edge of the bucket for drainage, spacing them about 2 inches apart all the way around.
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How to Make a Wood Slab From a Tree Trunk
Technically this is now a slab, but a pretty thick one.Determine how thick you want the first slab to be and mark the width with a wide marking pen along the whole length of the log.
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Why Does Wood Spark in the Fireplace?
Split and stack firewood so that air circulates around it and dries it. Use safety screens or glass doors in front of fireplaces; these catch many flying sparks. Particularly hot fires can transfer heat into the house walls and frame, causing hidden fires,...
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The Average Size of Oak Trees
They tend to have a spread of as much as 50 feet from branch to branch. The oak tree has many different types of species that grow all over the world. While they aren't the tallest trees around, they do grow to an impressive height.The oak tree is a deciduous...
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How to Cut Ceramic Pots
Start with a coarse, 80-grit sandpaper to dull the edge. Clay pots are more attractive than their plastic counterparts, but much harder to cut down if you need to customize the size.
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The Maximum Growth Rate of Rhododendrons
The fastest-growing rhododendron cultivars grow 7 feet in 10 years, according to the American Rhododendron Society's website.The society's website lists 44 named cultivars that grow 1 foot in 10 years, 164 cultivars that grow 2 feet, 366 cultivars that...
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How to Take Care of a Rose of Jericho
Excess fertilizer can harm it, so it is best to feed only if it shows signs of nutrient deficiencies such as yellowing or stunted, slow growth. The most common source of problems are low humidity and, occasionally, hungry slugs and snails.
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How to Care for Dianthus Plants
Otherwise, dianthus is drought-tolerant and requires little moisture.Spread one-half to 1 inch of compost over the soil every spring. Drive the stake into the ground at planting time or when the plant is small, as waiting until the plant is large may...
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How to Use Bird Tape
Installing the tape among the plants is most effective for low crops like strawberries; tape that is strung above the plants may not be distracting enough to deter birds from flying under the tape to the plants below.Prevent birds from landing on tall...
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Flowers That Don\'t Attract Bees
Try English ivy (Hedera helix) in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 7 or pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) in USDA zones 8 through 10; both spread so easily that they are considered invasive in some states.
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How to Plant a Boxwood Hedge
Double the space for an informal, untrimmed hedge. Don't pack the soil tightly.Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch such as dry, chopped leaves or bark around the shrubs to keep the soil cool and moist, but keep the mulch 4 to 6 inches away from the trunk.
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How to Plant Gladiolus
Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.) stand out among other summer-blooming bulbs with their sword-shaped foliage and 2- to 5-foot-tall flower stalks, which are lined with trumpet-shaped blooms in every color of the rainbow.
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How Much Does a Yard of Topsoil Cover?
Multiply the width by the length to get the square feet.Before you buy topsoil, inspect it and ask questions. Buying good topsoil saves you time and money later because plants grow more quickly and are healthier.
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The Best Vegetables to Grow on a Chain-Link Fence
Chain-link fencing is a perfect alternative. All beans produce flowers before they produce the bean pods, but scarlet runner beans have attractive, red flowers that many vegetable gardeners love.
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Growing a Bamboo Fence
Tamp the dirt down gently as you go, to remove any air bubbles. You will be able to see the old soil line on the plant. It's actually against some local ordinances to grow bamboo, so check your area's regulations before planting.Bamboo fences can be left...
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Care for a \'Stargazer\' Lily
Always check the directions on the package because rates and application methods vary among brands.A "Stargazer" lily shouldn't have a lot of problems with pests if you pay careful attention to its basic care needs.
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How to Grow Bleeding Hearts in Florida
If your area of Florida is suffering drought conditions, water approximately three times weekly to keep the soil moist.Prune bleeding hearts to control their size, shape and make them bushier.
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Purple Hull Pea Planting
Water as needed so the top 6 inches of soil remains moist but not wet until germination. They thrive in any well-drained loam garden soil with a pH of between 6.0 and 6.5. Heavy clay or soil that doesn't drain quickly after rain or watering can slow germination...
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How Often Should I Water My Vegetable Garden?
How often a vegetable garden needs water depends on the weather, soil type, growth stage of the vegetables and other factors. Another test method is to insert a screwdriver or stick into the soil.
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How to Grow Moonflowers
Reduce watering frequency to once a week when the vines are established.Spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch or organic compost around the vines, keeping it at least 1 inch away from the base of the plants.
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New to Gardening? What You Need to Know to Grow an Herb and Spice Garden
Ceramic or stone pots are durable but heavy to move. These plants are exceptionally easy to grow and live happily in pots. Cooler regions and urban apartment dwellers may do better inside.Locate an area with plenty of sun that will serve as your garden's...
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