PHOTO: Bruce IngramLast winter I was splitting wood, and the first section I cleaved contained crevices displaying a species of hibernating, ebony-colored beetle. A bit later, another split log harbored masses of cold, benumbed carpenter ants. My wife, Elaine, had warned me not to bring inside any more insect-infested wood, as the little creatures, warmed by their proximity to the stove, had commenced to scurry about on our hearth.
Krysanthe loves exploring, living and writing about life. She loves sharing all that she learns about plants and gardening. Searching for something to give the garden a bit of pizazz? Look no further than this crooked terra cotta flower tower. Annual flowers cascade over the sides of each pot like a flowing waterfall.
I am an avid self-taught gardener (I learn as problems arise), bird watcher, and nature lover. Swiss chard is a great vegetable to include in your diet because it is full of vitamins and antioxidants. If you have eaten spinach and like it, you will probably like Swiss chard as well. For those who want to add it to your garden, you will find that it is easy to grow.
Sherri has expertise in landscape design. Some of her hobbies include gardening and cooking. Daylily gardeners were thrilled when the first reblooming daylily plant hit the market in the 1970s. Stella de Oro, created by Walter Jablonski in 1975, was an immediate hit not just for its new and rich yellow-gold color, but also for its reblooming habit.
I am an avid self-taught gardener (I learn as problems arise), bird watcher, and nature lover. In most cases, the benefits of these winged insects usually outweigh the potential harm they may cause to humans. However, if nests are in high traffic areas then humans will have a problem coping.When a nest is not posing any immediate threat to pets or people, it can be left for the season and removed during cooler weather.
I love to share my extensive gardening knowledge with readers, so that they too can enjoy the wonders of all kinds of verdant plant life. Climbing plants are great for creating screens and smothering ugly garden features or bare walls. Flowering climbers in particular make a really attractive feature in any garden.
Why Can& 39;t I Just Backwash the Filter?Diatamaceous earth (or D.E.) filters require a full maintenance about once per year, or if your filter pressure becomes increasingly higher even after backwashing, this may require the filter to be pulled apart and cleaned. The DE powder can become caked onto the grids over a period of time, after which backwashing alone will not remove the residue.
Eugene is an avid gardener and has been passionate about growing things for over 40 years.Twitter @EugenesDIYDen How Does a Chipper Work?Garden chippers/shredders can be electric or gas(petrol) powered. Small electric chippers rely on a powerful electric motor, about 3 HP or just under 2.5kW to drive a strong metal cutting cog with sharp teeth.
With a master& 39;s in sustainable development, Susette helps Southern California water agencies carry out their water conservation projects.Are your water bills too high? Have you replaced your fixtures and appliances with water-efficient ones and reduced your use of water to little avail? Or are you already aware that you might have leaks, but don& 39;t know where they are?
I have dabbled in home improvement projects and like giving advice to others on what not to do. Ah, the dreaded & 34;dead filter& 34; icon—a glaring red symbol disfiguring the elegant face of your Samsung refrigerator. You could ignore it; it won& 39;t hurt the refrigerator. But, who knows what could be swimming around inside that kludged filter?
Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Judging from the questions pool owners ask on the internet, they are having a hard time with water clarity even when they think all the chemicals are balanced. We will discuss in this article why chlorine, pH, and alkalinity are only the beginning in maintaining clear pool water, and then we will troubleshoot the problem.
Working in a small biotechnology company, Leah enjoys gardening and raising chickens in Western New York.Design a Simple, Beautiful Garden Landscape Determine Garden Location and ExposureBefore choosing plants or designing your garden plan, go out to your yard and observe the proposed garden location throughout the day.
VirginiaLynne is a homeowner who likes to share her creative ideas for home renovation and home maintenance. How to Create Your Own Wall MuralWall murals are a striking way to decorate a child& 39;s room. Many wall murals are available to just paste on the wall as:full sized wallpaperlarge wall decalssilhouette decalsFor a cheaper and more unique look, consider painting your own wall mural.
Melanie has been gardening since she was a little girl. Follow her on Instagram @ValpoMedia. Growing an organic garden allows you to have tastier fruits and veggies, to eat healthier meals, and to reduce pollutants in the environment. Regardless of your reasons, you& 39;ll probably find that insects (and other pests) also love the taste of the fruits and veggies in your garden.
Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution.The Condenser is the Main Working Component in an A/C System An air conditioning system is rather simple really in the number of parts it& 39;s made up of. In reality, the system is made up of two main components, the condenser, and the coil.
With a master& 39;s in sustainable development, Susette helps Southern California water agencies carry out their water conservation projects.In the Western world, governments require water providers to test the quality of water they supply several times a day so that all water going to its customers is of drinking quality.
Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.Are you tired of staring at those blank walls? It& 39;s time to put some of your artwork and photos to good use. Nothing warms up a room like tastefully decorated walls.
Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. You& 39;ve had a lovely old lilac bush in your yard for years, but lately it seems to be blooming less or not at all. It looks healthy with no signs of disease or pests.
Amber is a single mom on a fixed income, a couponer, a DIYer, and an accounting student who knows the value of her pennies.My first experience with orchids was not a good one. The plant was in poor shape when I got it...no, it was in TERRIBLE shape, and despite all of my efforts to save it, it shriveled up and died.
When it comes to storage space, few of us could do with less. Any time a piece of furniture can do its intended job with a bonus of being a storage bin, well that is great in my book. This bench is great for hallways, pianos, and the ends of beds. It has a great finish that shows the natural beauty of real wood furniture and is easy to clean.
I have a love-hate relationship with our AC unit: I love it when it& 39;s hot out, but I hate it when it quits! Here& 39;s how I keep it running.To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with our central air conditioning unit. That is to say, I love the central air conditioner when it& 39;s hot outside and fills the house with refreshing, cool air, but hate it when it& 39;s hot outside and quits working.