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Peonies: How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Peony Flowers

bouquets of peonies

Planting, growing and caring for old-fashioned peonies.

How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Asparagus Plant Easily

Nothing says spring like steamed, green spears of organic garden asparagus.

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Marigolds (Complete Guide)

One of the simplest – and most popular – flowers to grow, marigolds guarantee a reliable splash of color all summer long.

The Best Reel Mowers for Your Lawns in 2023 + Buying Guide

Mow better… Get reel!

Top 9 Signs of Termites in Your Home (Complete Guide)

Flying Termite Swarm

Seeing severe termite damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. So it’s incredibly important to spot the signs of a termite infestation as soon as possible so that you can treat them and limit the damage they do. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), it’s estimated that termites cause over $5 billion in property damage each year in the United States. And, unfortunately, just about every property is at risk of termites in this country. Learning the signs of termite damage can help reduce costs significantly. In this article, we go over 9 the early warning signs of termites and how to know if you have any on your property. 1. Flying Termites (Swarmers) Seeing swarmers are generally one of the first signs of a termite infestation. Swarmers are termites that leave their nests in large groups and have wings. These flying termites are males and females that have left the nest in search of a suitable mate, and this could be close to or in your home. Several species swarm at night and are drawn to lights. Some species will swarm during the day, but all drywood termites swarm after rain at specific times of the year. And… Read more

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Jade Pothos – Complete Guide

Jade Pothos

Jade Pothos plants (or devil’s ivy) are famous for various reasons. They’re attractive vining species that thrive beautifully indoors; they’re very easy to care for and have been shown to purify the air. Pothos plants are beginner-friendly and ideal for those with brown thumbs.  There are multiple pothos varieties, and Jade pothos is one you’ll find in many indoor and outdoor gardens. The Jade Pothos is a natural mutation of the original golden pothos and features sturdy stems, particularly dark, thick, and shiny green leaves, and it is super drought resistant. While this cultivar might not have the same foliage variegation as other pothos plants, the Jade Pothos does have lush foliage. Jade Pothos can adapt to different light conditions, tolerate minor negligence, and look great in hanging baskets and sitting on high shelves. Botanical Name: Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’  Common Name: Jade Pothos Family:  Araceae  Plant Type:  Perennial, Vine Hardiness Zones: 10-12 USDA Sun Exposure:  Full sunlight, Partial Shade  Soil Type: Moist but well-drained Soil pH: Acid, Neutral  Height: 20–40 ft. long Bloom Time: Spring and Summer Flower Color: Green Native Area: South Pacific What is a Jade Pothos? Epipremnum aureum ‘Jade’ (commonly known as Jade Pothos) is native to the French Polynesian Islands and has shiny dark green heart-shaped leaves…. Read more

Organic Lawn Care 101: How to Maintain a Chemical-Free Lawn

The grass is greener — and safer — without synthetic fertilizers and chemical herbicides.

Baby Cockroach: What They Look Like + How to Get Rid of Them

Baby Cockroaches on a trap

There is nothing more horrifying than seeing cockroaches run across your floor, which begs the question of what do baby cockroaches look like and how dangerous are they? Baby cockroaches, also known as cockroach nymphs, can be just as dangerous as their adult counterparts, as they spend their time crawling through pipes and eating their own feces, as well as carrying several disease-causing viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Nymph cockroaches are unable to fly because their wings are not fully grown until the insect reaches maturity. Baby cockroaches can’t fly, so they jump or scurry to safety in cracks, crevices, or other inaccessible areas. If you’ve seen one of these pests inside your home, there’s probably a nest nearby, which means you may already have an infestation or are on the verge of getting one. In this article, we’ll tell you what baby roaches look like and how to tell them apart, so you can keep these pests out of your home and out of your mind. What Do Baby Cockroaches Look Like? Baby roaches usually look like small versions of adult roaches. Cockroaches come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and their appearance might change depending on… Read more

How to Grow and Care for Pink Princess Philodendron Easily

Pink Princess Philodendron House Plant

The gorgeous Philodendron Pink Princess, also known as Philodendron erubescens or ‘pink princess’ is frequently at the top of most plant collectors’ wish lists, and for good reason. The pink princess is a rare plant with deep green, heart-shaped leaves with bubblegum pink variegation. The variegation of the pink princess is comparable to that of the Philodendron pink congo. However, the variegation of the pink princess is more permanent because it is caused by natural processes, whereas the variegation of the pink congo is caused by chemicals that are injected into the leaves and typically reverts to green a few months after the plant has been purchased. Learning how to properly care for your pink princess philodendron is the key to maintaining its bright pink variegation. Fortunately, it is easy to care for, as are many other plants in the philodendron genus. However, the plant is somewhat picky about certain conditions and is not ideal for a home full of pets that are curious and possibly hungry since it can be toxic to pets. Despite these issues, the Pink Princess is a remarkable plant that will add a beautiful pop of color to your home. Botanical Name: Philodendron erubescens ‘pink… Read more

5 Best Biodegradable Garbage Bags in 2023 for Different Uses

The next time you’re out of trash bags, choose biodegradable garbage bags whether it’s to line your compost bins to easily take it to a composting facility, or as an alternative to the conventional plastic bags you’re currently using. As more people strive to reduce their environmental impact and adopt greener lifestyles, demand for biodegradable and compostable trash bags has skyrocketed in recent years. Over 500 billion plastic bags are used annually around the globe. In a landfill, it takes 1,000 years for a single plastic bag to break down. These bags wind up in landfills, our rivers, and our oceans since they can’t be recycled. But still, plastic bags represent a concern even after decomposition. Toxins and microplastics are leached from plastic bags in landfills. They may include toxic substances that pollute the water that is consumed by wildlife and humans. While it is impossible to eliminate all use of plastic, we can switch to biodegradable garbage bags. However, it can be confusing to figure out which you should buy and what to even look for when buying them. Plus, many different terms such as biodegradable and compostable are interchangeably used, but what do they really mean and what’s… Read more

Blue Orchids: Real and Fake – All Your Questions Answered

Dyed Blue Orchids

Blue orchid flowers have become popular because they are striking. They are available in many places, including some grocery stores, but before you buy one, there are some things you need to know about them. Are Blue Orchids Real? Most true blue dendrobium orchids or blue Phalaenopsis orchids are fake. They are generally Phalaenopsis orchids that have a vibrant blue dye injected into the base of the flower to make their flower petals a vibrant blue. You can often find green orchids or purple orchids that have been dyed at the same places that sell the blue orchid. The unique color dye is permanent for that flower stem. After the dyed flower drops off, you have a white orchid, the original color of the plant. Blue Phalaenopsis orchids are sold for about twice the price of white Phalaenopsis orchids, so most people are very upset to find that they actually have an orchid with white flowers. The blue dye can shorten the life of not only the bloom that is dyed, but the whole plant. It is best not to buy these plants unless you only want to keep them for a few months. Are There Real Blue Orchids? True blue flowers are a hard to find in… Read more

Winter Greenhouse Guide: How to Heat Your Greenhouse + More!

Winter Greenhouse

Keep your winter greenhouse productive with these heating and heat-conserving ideas.