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How To Use Annuals In Landscaping Your Garden - Paul Curran

... advantage of annuals over perennials is their low cost. Thousands of plants can be grown from a single packet of seeds. Annuals are also very decorative, and provide the best source of flowers for cutting. Their season of bloom is relatively long, as well. Their chief disadvantage is the late...


How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your Garden - Paul Curran

... proper arrangement of flower beds in your garden and attentive care to them can insure you a continuing bloom of lovely flowers year after year. For with planning, it is possible to maintain flowers in your garden during the entire length of the growing season. Borders and beds are planted...


How To Plant Rose Bushes In Landscaping Your Garden - Paul Curran

... of planting as is feasible in order to allow for settling of the soil. Fall is the best time for setting out roses, but you can plant in spring. When they arrive from the nursery, plant at once. If they have dried en route, soak the roots and put the tops in a bucket of water before planting....


Types Of Roses To Use For Landscaping Your Home - Paul Curran

... enthusiastic and tireless, and every year new favorites appear. Most recently the headliners were the bright floribunda rose, Jiminy Cricket; the soft, pure-pink hybrid tea rose, Queen Elizabeth; the bright" yellow peace rose. There are over 5,000 varieties of roses in the United States, and...


Types Of Vines For Landscaping Your Home - Paul Curran

... vine for walls, too; evergreen, it grows well on the north sides of buildings as well as on exposed locations. Winter-creeper, in both large and small-leaved varieties, is a hardy vine for wall planting. Other vines that can cling without aid to concrete, brick and stone include Chinese...


How To Use Vines In Landscaping Your Home - Paul Curran

... and perennials (or hardy vines, as perennials are called) are an inexpensive way of softening the lines of new buildings, linking them to the landscape. Decorative and functional, vines are often the answer for older homes as well, the ground-covering varieties serving as cover for foundations...


How To Propagate Seeds Outdoors - Paul Curran

... when the weather is sufficiently mild and the plants well grown. Many perennials and biennials may also be propagated from seed. This method, however, is not suited to all perennials, and some of the methods already discussed will yield more fruitful results. Typical perennials which can be...


How To Use Hedges In Landscaping - Paul Curran

... same time they enhance the proportions and general appearance of your house and lawns. And within the boundaries of your property, hedges define paths and walks, demarcate various areas, and help to screen service areas and vegetable gardens. The plant materials generally used for hedges are...


Flowers of Red Violet in Dramatic Display - Hans Dekker

... the Iris to bloom and usually bloom about a month after Bearded and Siberian Iris have finished. Japanese Iris are a beardless iris that bear the largest flowers of all. Spikes that reach up to three feet tall carry blooms in unique shapes, colors (including the most brilliant red-violets), and...


More Types Of Shrub To Use In Your Garden - Paul Curran

... as a small - leaved shrub with small purple flowers; as fascinating, a cattleya-pink bush; as flaming violet, a brilliant purple, and as white profusion, a dwarf variety with pure white flowers. Also the Empire blue shrub, the dubonnet, the red glory and white cloud. Flowering quince (Cydonia)...


Types Of Shrub To Use In Your Garden - Paul Curran

... (a type of rhododendron) head the list of evergreens with some 700 species. Hardy and long-lived, these ornamental woody plants have flowers of all shapes, colors and tints. Well-liked are the pink pearl, and the Rhododendron maximum, with its large pinkish flowers. Hardy hybrid species also...


Planting And Care Of Shrubs - Paul Curran

... a shrub has several stems or trunks. Not so long ago the number of reliable shrubs was quite limited, but today the many new hybrids have lengthened the list and the gardener's choice is almost endless. No matter the region, it is now possible to plant shrubs that will satisfy color needs, bloom...


Planting Or Transplanting A Tree - Paul Curran

... stem anchor the tree to the ground, while the fine root hairs at the ends of the rootlets absorb the water from the soil. In planting trees, their mature height and spread must be considered before a selection is made. Tempting as are the nursery catalogs, it is necessary to choose carefully,...


The Three Main Parts Of A Tree - Paul Curran

... The leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air and use the sun's light energy to combine this gas with the moisture from the roots, thus making the simple sugars that are the basic nutrients of the tree. The trunk, limbs, branches and twigs hold the leaves in position to receive the life-giving...


Evergreens You Can Use For Landscaping - Paul Curran

... Evergreens range from the broadleaved shrubs like rhododendron and laurel to the tall-needled cone-bearing pines and stately spruces.The giant spruces and firs are most effective as windscreens; the spreading evergreen shrubs are widely used not only because of their attractiveness but...


Where Can I Find Information About Planting Bulbs and Perennials - Paul Curran

... Each year they die and renew themselves for the next growing season. They are long-lived and last for many seasons. Perennials are also, historically, among our oldest plants. They have been cultivated for centuries and often, as a result of breeding and crossbreeding, bear no resemblance to...


How to Prune Plum Trees - Paul Curran

... overcrowded wood. Some rather more detailed pruning is, however, necessary in the early years, in order to build up a suitable framework. How to prune plum trees - Maiden treeIf a maiden tree is planted, that is, a tree within one year of budding or grafting, pruning may be carried out in the...


How to Prune Pear Trees - Paul Curran

... of established bushes, in a garden, is also the same for pears and apples. There are, however, a few points to which attention should be drawn. How to prune pear trees - GeneralPears, generally, will stand harder pruning than apples without being forced into excessive wood growth. Bush...


How to Prune Apple Trees - Paul Curran

... considerable variation in ideas exists on the subject, generally. Concerning bush trees in the small garden, the following points should be borne in mind. First, one may ask, "what happens if no pruning is done at all"? The answer is that too much growth may be made, the branches will be too...


Fall Lawn Care - Hans Dekker

... leaving my lawn bare and susceptible to the terrors of an after-thaw ice storm. It’s easy in the warm spring to roll up our sleeves and get out the rakes, aerators, spreaders and mowers. After all, we can celebrate putting away the snow shovels and snow blower! However, although spring lawn...


Lawn Care Tips - Hans Dekker

... of the fence, if what you want is a low-maintenance green expanse that you can enjoy with family and friends, you’ve come to the right page!The best lawn care tip you can get is to start with a solid plan. 1.Do you need to plant grass? Do some research on the best seed for your area, where to...


Organic Lawn Care - Hans Dekker

... crabgrass and invasive weeds in order to have the lush green carpet of your neighbors’ chemically treated lawns. What organic lawn care does mean is that with a good lawn care plan and a minimum of work, you can have an attractive addition to your landscape that is safe for both your family...


Red Roses If I Love You, Yellow If I Don't: The Secret Language of Flowers - Sherri Allen

... as highly as the people of the Victorian age. For them, flowers were so important they even used them to convey secret messages. Using flowers, gentlemen and ladies became more courageous in expressing their feelings. As the English poet Thomas Hood so eloquently stated, "Sweet flowers...


How to Grow a Forest of Sundews - Jacob Farin

... will get up to 6 inches tall.As with all sundews, Cape Sundews produce a thick sticky substance, technically called ‘goo’ here at our nursery. We also call it ‘stuff’ or ‘glue’ or ‘thicksticky substance.’ I’m also sure botanists have their own term, but it is usually something I can’t...


Extend the Life Of Your Flowers By Steaming Them - Gerry Belvedere

... in a kettle and fill bucket No.1 with 2 inches of the boiled water. 3. Fill bucket No. 2 with 4 inches of cool water. 4. Cut a half inch or so from the stems of your flowers or foliage and put them in the hot water for 20 seconds, no longer. 5. Take them out and put them in the cool water....

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