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Bulbs for Summer Flowering

Summer flowering bulbs that are tender to weather conditions can add beauty to the home landscape if used correctly. Many have small flowers and...

Landscape Planting Plan

The values of landscape plants are many, including their influence on climate, air purification, erosion control, noise reduction, privacy screening, and increasing property value.

Mulches for the Landscape

In recent years a number of new mulching materials have become available. Many of these mulches are recycled products, including...

Lawn Maintenance Plan

Lawn mowing requires more time than all other operations involved in maintaining a high-quality lawn. Bagging and removing grass clippings just adds to the...

How to Grow Hawthorn Trees in The Landscape

The hawthorn is a small, flowering tree that represents an alternative choice to flowering crabapple and flowering dogwood...

How to Maintain Herbaceous Ornamentals

Many gardeners grow herbaceous plants to add color and texture to the spring, summer, and fall landscape. "Herbaceous" means non-woody, and includes many common...

Forest Gardening

Travis Beck, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University Martin F. Quigley, Department of Horticulture and Crop...

Controlling the Gypsy Moth with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis)

The Gypsy Moth The gypsy moth is a pest that was imported into the United States in 1869...

Duckweed and Watermeal: Prevention and Control

Duckweed and watermeal are two free-floating plants whose populations can attain nuisance levels in Ohio ponds. Their explosive reproductive capacity can...

Broadleaf Weed Control For Home Lawns

The development and maintenance of a dense, healthy stand of grass is the best way to reduce the incidence of broadleaf weed problems developing...

Chemical Control of Weeds in the Flower Garden

The traditional methods of weed control in flower plantings consist of manual cultivation, hand pulling and mulches. However, in recent years chemical companies have...

Herbaceous Ornamentals That Need Shade

Nearly every garden or landscape has a shady spot. Shadows may be cast from overhead branches, nearby buildings, plants, fences or walls and may change...

Where to Plant Perennials

Here is a list of different Perennials to plant in different places and for a wide range of uses.

Gardening and Landscaping with Wood

Wood is the construction material of choice by the home gardener. Wood products used in gardening projects include timbers for separated or raised...

Ornamental Grasses

The current popularity of ornamental grasses has not been so grand since the Age of Queen Victoria. Scores of ornamental grasses are...

Landscape Plants for Use in Dry Areas

Soils become dry, primarily due to specific soil texture characteristics or less than normal rainfall. High amounts of sand in the soil tend to...

How to Test Your Compost

Importance of Testing Compost The aerobic composting process involves the oxidation of relatively complex organic compounds by...

Mulching Landscape Plants

A mulch, by definition, is a layer of bark, sphagnum peat moss, muck peat, compost, pine needles, gravel, plastic, or any similar material uniformly...

How to Tell if Your Lawn Needs Lime

Nearly every homeowner is aware of the importance of applying lime to the home lawn. However, few probably have a complete understanding of...

Saving Injured Fruit Plants

Gardeners are disappointed when a portion or all of a small or tree fruit planting dies. Injury to the trunk, crown (area at...

Improving Soils for Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable plants grow best in a fertile, well-drained soil of loamy texture. Sandy loam soils, well-supplied with organic matter, are easily worked and...

16 Guidelines for Soil-Testing

Choosing a Soil-Testing Laboratory Growers should consider several factors in choosing a soil-testing laboratory. This...

Fertilizing Vegetable Garden Soils

Essential Plant Nutrient Elements Vegetable plants, like all other green plants, require several nutrient elements for growth,...

Home Composting Plan

Mow your lawn often and let the clippings lie. This is the best use for grass clippings. Composting is another solution. Composting...

Lead Contamination in the Home

Lead from different sources such as from lead-based paint, gasoline, and solder may enter the body through air, food, water, dust, and soil. Lead...

If A Fire Strikes…

Could your family survive a fire? Most of us would answer yes, thinking of fire in the movies. Unfortunately,...

Emergency Disinfection of Water Supplies

Floods, storms and extended power failures can make it impossible to use your well for a drinking water supply. When traveling or camping, you...

Choosing the Right Type of Housing or Care

Deciding which type of senior housing is most appropriate for yourself or an aging family member is not an easy task. The...

Making Your Kitchen “User Friendly”

Eating a well-balanced diet is important to everyone of all ages. However, as we get older, cooking...

How Allergy-Safe Is Your Home?

The sad answer is probably "not very." With upwards of 200 indoor contaminants in the average household, most homes are a hotbed...

Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Far from being a Feng Shui expert, I recognize that much of what this eastern philosophy of home placement says is valid...

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake (she-e-ta-kay), the Japanese forest mushroom (Lentinus edodes), is a nonpathogenic fungus that can be grown on a variety of currently underutilized logs. Shiitake...