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Cutting Cattails, Bulrushes, and Reeds
Cutting Cattails, Bulrushes, and Reeds

Living on a farm in Brazil, I& 39;ve gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles. Permanently Removing Cattails, Bulrushes and ReedsI don& 39;t remember the exact date we lost our minds but it must have coincided with the day we decide to plant reeds.

How to Clean Silver Without Using Chemicals
How to Clean Silver Without Using Chemicals

Susan prefers to use natural ingredients whenever possible in the home and garden. It is usually cheaper, easier and greener.Clean Sterling Silver Using Household ItemsSterling silver tends to go dull when it is dirty and when it is not used daily. Jewellery, cutlery, silverware, and plates will lose their shine when stored away for long periods of time.

9 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn't Do
9 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn't Do

There are many things big and small that we do everyday that would make plumbing professionals cringe. While some might be minor nuisances, many are things that help prevent major problems that cost everyone excessive time, work and money. Taking a few extra steps in the short run can avoid a big hassle in the long run, so make sure to take note and think like a plumber would.

How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden
How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Growing your own food organically is best for your health and the environment, but how do you control destructive insects if you can’t use chemicals? Invite their enemies into your garden.

How to Get Rid of Mealybugs
How to Get Rid of Mealybugs

Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. While pruning some shrubbery one summer day, I found white fuzzy stuff on the stems and leaves. When it moved, I realized it was insects. I was shocked to learn that they were mealybugs.

How to Grow and Care for an American Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)
How to Grow and Care for an American Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM. We& 39;ve only lived in New Mexico for about a year or so, and I& 39;m discovering a whole new range of plants, fruits, flowers...and bugs that I never knew about before.

What You Need to Know Before Buying Furniture on Wayfair
What You Need to Know Before Buying Furniture on Wayfair

I furnished my kids& 39; bedrooms with Wayfair furniture, and it wasn& 39;t a bad experience. Here& 39;s what I learned. The Truth About WayfairTwo years ago, we moved to an area with better schools, which meant smaller bedrooms for the kids. For months, I was unsure about what to do with their cluttered rooms.

Easy Gardening on a Budget
Easy Gardening on a Budget

The author of this article is an ex-adult education lecturer and retired expat who has lived in France since 2001.IntroductionI have recently moved house, and this article is about my new garden and how I have developed and improved it throughout the first summer. Whilst I am not a professional gardener, I think I have managed to create a rather lovely garden that didn& 39;t cost much, didn& 39;t involve a lot of work, and that I am actually rather proud of.

Sedum Plant: Types, Care, and Propagation
Sedum Plant: Types, Care, and Propagation

Megan writes about health issues, among other topics. She writes about many of the health topics she has experienced and overcome firsthand. OverviewAt gardening stores or at botanical gardens, you may have come across plants with the name “sedum” that vary so much, you wonder if they are related at all.

Tips for Applying Stain to a Wood Fence
Tips for Applying Stain to a Wood Fence

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. Why Stain Your Wood Fence?Like paint, a quality exterior stain helps protect wood fencing from long-term damage caused by moisture and the sun. Leaving a bare fence unstained for too long can lead to splitting and cracks in the wood, reducing its lifespan.

How to Deal With Frost on Your Pumpkin Patch
How to Deal With Frost on Your Pumpkin Patch

When he& 39;s not writing poetry or political articles, Ralph fills his time by researching various topics that are influencing society today. If you happen to be a Halloween junkie like I am, then you likely grow your own pumpkins. The cost of purchasing over a dozen pumpkins at the farm each year was probably one contributing factor.

How to Grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
How to Grow Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Megan is a writer and mom of two. She enjoys cooking, running, and gardening. An Overview of HydrangeasThere are many different varieties of hydrangeas. Some are shorter bushes that will only reach a few feet tall and prefer shade, some are 8-foot-tall, sun-loving shrubs, and others are climbers that do best on structures like pergolas or trellises.

Which Bookcase Do You Need? Calculate the Capacity of a Book Shelf
Which Bookcase Do You Need? Calculate the Capacity of a Book Shelf

Anyone can Google to find a quick answer. But sometimes, the simplest answer isn& 39;t the smartest. JK enjoys big questions and interrogations. How Many Books Can a Bookshelf Hold?Maybe you& 39;re looking at a giant pile of books wondering how big a bookshelf you need to buy. Or maybe you& 39;re looking at a bookcase, in a store or online, wondering how much of your library it will hold.

How to Build Raised Garden Beds Using Free Materials From Nature
How to Build Raised Garden Beds Using Free Materials From Nature

I have been building raised garden beds for over five years, mainly to grow vegetables. I recently branched out to build ornamental beds. Raised Garden Bed BasicsRaised garden beds do the following:allow you to engineer your own high-quality soilpartition growing areas clearly while protecting plants from getting walked onhelp prevent soil compactiondrain more efficientlywarm more quickly and retain warmth longer than ground-level plotsChoice of materials is as wide as your imagination and resources.

Get Your Home Into Shape With One-Day Decluttering Challenges
Get Your Home Into Shape With One-Day Decluttering Challenges

Sadie Holloway enjoys discovering simple ways to stay organized and manage her time better at home, at work, and out in the community. Is your home cluttered with stuff you don& 39;t need or use? Are you overwhelmed by how much you have to do to get on top of the mess? Here& 39;s how to tackle home organization, one day at a time.

SuperDeck Stain Review
SuperDeck Stain Review

Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews. SuperDeck Stain Pros and ConsSuperDeck, which has replaced the DeckScapes product line, is a Sherwin Williams deck stain sold in a waterborne and oil-based formula. I typically stain two to three decks per year and use this product for most of them.

How to Stock a Disaster Preparedness Kit
How to Stock a Disaster Preparedness Kit

Viola enjoys passing on the nuggets of wisdom she& 39;s collected. She has made eye contact with Robert Redford and chatted with Julia Roberts. Natural Disasters Can Strike Anywhere, AnytimeWhether it& 39;s a hurricane, earthquake, fire, or flood, a natural disaster can leave you literally powerless for days or weeks.

How to Attract Birds to a Winter Garden Party
How to Attract Birds to a Winter Garden Party

Birds keep Juli entertained during winter months. They& 39;re a spirited sign of life in a very quiet and often grey landscape. Winter weather limits the color palette to grey, white, brown and a bit of green, so why not attract some colorful birds to your garden by using feeders? Host a winter bird-feeding party.

Free Fall Flowers Can Grow Your Home Landscaping Project
Free Fall Flowers Can Grow Your Home Landscaping Project

Nancy has experience training her cats to talk and has learned their various vocal cues.Fall Blooming Calendulas Fall Plantings for Spring and Summer BloomsDid you know you can use fall planting techniques to greatly increase your home’s landscaping? And the best part is that it is completely free! At the end of the garden season, you can quickly and easily create new landscape areas by harvesting your own seed and spreading the color and texture for new growth in the spring.

How to Keep Birds off of Tomato Plants
How to Keep Birds off of Tomato Plants

You can keep birds off of tomato plants naturally without the use of toxic substances and save money on expensive bird repellent and deterrent methods and products.Here, I discuss briefly how to do this in regards to tomato plants. If you are having bird troubles elsewhere, I also wrote an article titled How to Keep Birds Off Patio Furniture.