What Pesticide Is Successful on Holly Bushes?

Measures to eliminate pests on holly plants in the garden start with cultural control — maintaining the holly strong and healthy so it can withstand and recover from pest infestations. Biological controls include beneficial insects already present or introduced into the garden that prey on insects that are dangerous. Sometimes, infestation and damage to the…

Sprays for Lemon Trees

Lemon trees (Citrus limon) create edible fruit and fragrant flowers in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. This broadleaf evergreen is susceptible to various problems such as insect infestation and fungal disease. When these pests attack the lemon tree, applying particular sprays will help control the issue and protect the fruit.…

A Watermelon Vine Turning Yellow

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a frost-tender flowering vine characterized by a large, sprawling growth habit, yellow blossoms and large, sweet edible fruits. A healthy watermelon vine boasts lush green stalks and leaves. If a watermelon vine turns yellow, then it’s a sign that the plant is not healthy and has fallen prey to disease, pests…

Why did My Squash Stems Split and Spouse?

When you have eagerly awaited a plentiful harvest of squash (Cucurbita spp.) From thick, vigorously growing annual vines, it’s disappointing to discover that some of the stems have split and began dying immediately. Splitting and dying squash stems may only be the consequence of strong winds or heavy creation, or it may be proof of…

Materials Go Haute at High Point Market

Rope. Chain. Rubber. Driftwood. Those are just a few of the materials seen in exceptional furnishings, lighting and accessories in spring 2012’s High Point Market at North Carolina, which wrapped up April 26. Every seller seemed to get a smattering of ordinary goods reimagined. From a simple coil of rope at a bowl to an…

15 Intriguing Homes Perched Above the Earth

In the earliest times, humans have often chosen to reside in structures above the ground — whether ihigh above in trees, from cliff-face caves, in rock towers or on stilts above the water. Back then the decisions were made for practical reasons: convenience, economy, isolation and protection from floods, marauding armies or wild animals. As…

Piping Moves Furniture into the Head of the Line

Of the many trends spotted at the spring 2012 High Point Market, contrast piping made a particularly bold splash. It appears to be after the tail of those ever-popular bright colours that we are seeing this season — piping on couches, headboards and seats proposes the ideal opportunity to sneak in yet another enticing shade.…

Quick Fix: Reupholster a Chair Seat

My design style is traditional, blending contemporary and vintage pieces and a few quirky accessories thrown. This diverse mixture of design components can create a fashionable home with a fun, classy vibe. While I’m always on the search for accessories, fabrics and furniture to bulge my home’s design quotient, more often I look for gems…

8 Great Room Revamps for Mother

Mother’s Day may be a tricky vacation to purchase for — most moms want something sensible or something to pamper them. This season, unite both things by fixing up a distinctive space for Mom in her property. Having an organized space for creative projects, relaxing or reading is one of the best gifts you could…