Virginia switchgrass, native across U.S. prairies, is a tall, warm-season perennial with a lovely purple color when in bloom. Switchgrass spreads underground by rhizome and can have roots that grow to 10 feet deep in favorable situations. It thrives in USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 9. If you grow Virgin
If you love yogurt but don't want to go to a yogurt shop every day, you can purchase a marker to produce your own yogurt at home. However, much like any home appliance all yogurt makers are not necessarily created equal. You can compare and contrast two or more yogurt makers (including their feature
Petunias are popular annual flowering plants native to South America. They are attractive, easy to grow and bloom throughout the summer months. Petunias are available in almost any color and have a sweet, pleasing smell. They work well in hanging baskets or as ground cover plants depending on the va
If you like to recycle and even incorporate recycled materials into your home decorations, use recycled silver in your home decor theme. You can decorate with recycled silver in two different ways: purchasing recycled silver items that have been melted and fashioned into new silver objects or "recyc
Tomatoes are a relatively straightforward crop for both home and commercial growing. They are hungry and thirsty plants that grow best if their needs are met. By following some simple guidelines, most home growers can guarantee themselves a good tomato harvest. Tomatoes need water, fertilizer, warmt
Functioning toilets are often taken for granted in today's modern life--until they stop working. A common reason for toilet malfunction is a clogged, or plugged, toilet. There are a few possible reasons for a toilet to become clogged.
With their enchanting aroma, silky petals and exquisite shades from vibrant to tender, roses represent love and romance. Garden roses provide the pleasure without the cost of commercial blooms and increase the beauty of your landscape. When it comes to rose care, staking is important. The bigger the
Low ridges pushing up in your yard most likely signify the presence of moles. Moles live the majority of their lives in underground runways and dens, where they search for food and rest. Sometimes the type and condition of the soil encourages moles in certain areas, which is why one person may see m
Building a raised bed that stands like a table on your deck, patio or balcony can make the hobby of gardening instantly accessible to gardeners who are unable to garden at ground level. By raising the planting area up, disabled, elderly and wheelchair-bound gardeners can reach the soil and plants. T
The presence of earthworms in any garden soil is a sign of healthy and active soil. But worms that are unseen can be quite damaging to roses. Eeel-like microscopic worms known as nematodes can cause damage to the roots of roses. Some live within the roots, while others live in the soil and feed on t
The taper style bonsai holds its widest point at the base of the trunk. From the base, the trunk gradually narrows with its thinnest point at the apex, or highest point, of the trunk. The natural growing style of the maple tree, along with its vigorous growth and positive response to heavy pruning,
Highly versatile flowering dwarf shrubs perform well as garden and walkway edgings. They soften the rock garden's angles and rough edges, and make appealing companions for larger foundation shrubs. Low, spreading flowering dwarf shrubs double as ground covers. They offer gardeners working with small
The Plumeria rubra Frangipani is known as the "lei" flower, traditionally strung into leis given to guests in Hawaii. The plumeria is a very fragrant flower, grown on a small ornamental tree in tropical areas. It is propagated commonly through cuttings. Plumerias should be pruned in the winter after
It is hard to believe that such a plain, dull-colored and unimpressive-looking specimen as a bulb can, when buried beneath the soil, produce a vivid green stem topped by a colorful, fragrant flower. This happens season after season and year after year as hundreds of varieties of flower bulbs develop
Songbirds in urban areas feed on sweetgum tree fruit.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesSweetgum trees are characterized by their unique star-shaped leaves with long stems, which start out green and turn red in autumn. The tree has a straight, broad trunk and stands as tall as 100 feet when...
High yield vegetable crops grow in high quality soils -- ones that provide plants with nutrients, moisture and air. Through proper fertilization, gardeners assist soil in providing high yield harvests. Vegetable gardeners avoid applying generic herbicide/fertilizer mixes to their gardens since these
Ivy is a common plant for steep, sloped terrain and other difficult-to-reach areas of the garden. Boston ivy and poison ivies are not true ivies and are part of different families.
Hydroponics is the art of growing produce, herbs, and other plants in a soil-less system that uses mineral-enriched water. Hydroponic systems are sophisticated to the point of requiring installation experts to assemble them; luckily, do-it-yourselfers can still make systems on their own that don't n
Roses are erect perennial shrubs native to Asia, Europe and North America. They are commonly grown for both their colorful blossoms and their enticing aroma. Rose flowers come in a variety of colors, but most are white, pink or red. With proper care and maintenance, roses can live for up to 20 years