Older fruit trees and those neglected for some years are more likely to host lichen, moss or algae. While these organisms may appear harmful, they are not; they parasitic in any way. The tree simply offers the organisms the right environment for development. If you don't like the way they look, impr
Hostas have become the go-to perennial for shady gardens and old-fashioned borders. Thousands of hybrids have evolved from the original August lily (hosta plantaginea) enough to establish an industry and experts with opinions on every aspect of their care.
Portabello mushrooms, also called Portobello, Portobella or Portabella, grow from spores and contain no chlorophyll, as most edible plants do. In addition, the soil or medium the mushrooms grow in must have rich organic matter and mushroom spores. Because it is difficult to collect Portabello mushro
You may be dismayed to find thin, white bugs living in the potting soil of your beloved indoor plants. These bugs are the larvae of fungus gnats, which typically live in soil and feed on organic matter. While fungus gnats do not sting or bite, they are often a nuisance because they frequently swarm
Native to the Mediterranean, fig trees have found their way to the United States where the trees are grown in warm, semi-arid climates. Although figs have a delicious taste, the sweet fruit lasts only a few days after harvest. If you have a fig tree, or if you have more figs than you can eat fresh,
Watermelons and pumpkins are good garden companions because they come from the same family, Cucurbitaceae , and have similar soil, light and water requirements. Because both plants are creepers and can grow quite large, adequate garden space should be allocated for these crops. If you plan to plant
The premise of an automatic gate opener is to allow someone in and out of property through a gate without getting out of a vehicle. A sensor on the gate detects an approaching vehicle, the gate opens in anticipation, then closes when it senses the vehicle has passed through. With a few small alterat
Canned chicken noodle soup is a good item to store in the pantry for last-minute lunches and suppers. Canned soups have a long shelf life, providing they are properly stored and maintained. Read the labels for expiration dates and discard any canned soup that has an off smell or flavor.
The prayer plant also goes by the name "arrowroot." It belongs to the Marantaceae family, named for an 18th-century Venetian physician and botanist. In tropical regions of America, people believed this plant could cure poison from an arrow, leading to the name "arrowroot." The name "prayer plant" ca
Poison ivy emits a toxic oil called urushiol that causes pain and severe skin irritation in most individuals. Minimize your risk of exposure by maintaining a safe distance from this pervasive vine. If you wish to eradicate a growing stand from an area near your home, you may use mechanical means, su
Maple tree.Jake Wyman/Photodisc/Getty ImagesYour prized maple trees that provide vibrant color during the autumn season are under the threat of branch death by a variety of culprits. From pests to diseases, problems that cause dead branches are often avoided by keeping your maples...
Palm plants are a versatile group that adds a tropical look to an outdoor setting. If you are considering adding a palm plant to your landscape, do so in the spring or earlier part of the summer. Young palms transplant easier than older palm plants, which do not care for having their root systems di
Part of having a container garden is regular watering. Containers can hold less water than soil and dry out more quickly. Instead of watering every day, you can build a self-watering basket, even with a hanging container. Self-watering containers wick water from a lower reservoir whenever the soil i
Marigolds are considered the workhorses of the garden, thriving in poor soil, growing quickly from seed and even repelling garden pests like nematodes. But marigolds are vulnerable to a few diseases such as botrytis, oedema and powdery mildew, according to the Cornell University Plant Clinic.
Bird feeders come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes, but keeping seed dry in rain, snow and sleet presents a challenge. If birdseed gets wet and is not cleaned out quickly, it can become moldy, and most wild birds will no longer come to your feeder. Worse yet, birds can get sick...
Some caterpillars hatch into beautiful butterflies, but others--such as a variety referred to as "worms"--are usually unwelcome because they feast on tomato plants and other vegetables. Worried gardeners notice plants stripped of foliage, and tomatoes pitted and crawling with unwanted diners. Recogn
Raspberries grow on a hearty bush that is able to withstand many pests, diseases and other problems. Gardeners don't normally cultivate the bushes themselves for their beauty, but they can look rustic and well manicured if you care for them meticulously. This includes killing any grasses or other pl
Indeterminate tomato plants need to be staked or grown in cages.BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty ImagesIndeterminate tomato plants grow and set fruit until frost. They reach heights of 8 to 12 feet and are hybrid or open-pollinated types. Hybrid tomatoes are a combination of two varieties...
Black spots on the leaves of your persimmon tree are a sign of anthracnose, a group of diseases caused by various types of fungi. The earlier you recognize signs of anthracnose the more likely you will be able to save your tree.
Oaks (Quercus spp.) are evergreen or deciduous trees that occur in nearly 400 varieties around the world. A number of oak trees, such as the red oak, white oak and black oak, are native to the United States. Oak trees have a mature height of 60 to 70 feet with a 40- to 50-foot spread. The trees are