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Organic Pesticides and Herbicides

There is no doubt that organic pesticides and herbicides are better for you and your family. Nobody knows the exact effect of long-term exposure to commercial pesticides and herbicides. However, what we do know is that there are alternatives that are healthier and work just as well as commercial, chemical based products. Organic PesticidesAre Pesticides Dangerous?Yes they are. In fact, 12 of the 26 most-used pesticides in the U.S. are classified as cancer-causing by the EPA. Organic Pesticide AlternativesBoric AcidBoric acid is a wonderful natural pesticide. It prevents and gets rid of many household pests such as ants and roaches. Simply sprinkle around the entry areas in your home. For roach problems, sprinkle in cabinets, in your pantry and in high places, such as above the refrigerator.Neem OilNeem oil has been used in India for years as an effective pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the Neem tree in India. Spray it onto leaves of plants and it will protect lants form insect that tend to chew on the l...


How To Safely Remove Thorns From Roses Without Damaging The Rose Or Yourself

One of the unfortunate negatives of roses has to be the thorns. The act of removing the thorns doesn't have to be one that injures you or the plant itself if you just follow some simple steps. You just have to have a little patience and take some precautions as we show in this article.One thing that people do not realize is that the thorns contribute to the plant's ability to absorb water so it is vital to the health and longevity of the rose that you harm them as little as possible, therefore you must not get in a hurry and you need to learn how to remove the thorns properly.If you get in a hurry and are not careful when de-thorning your roses you will end up with a damaged plant that will be unhealthy and die prematurely. As I mentioned above improper techniques that end up with the skin of the stalk torn and peeled away will affect the ability of the plant to absorb water to the petals and it will die quickly.One decision to be made is whether to remove the thorns on the plant while it is still in the grou...


Low-Water Landscaping Techniques

Low-water landscaping is a growing trend in the US. It's a growing trend because homeowners have begun to realize the tremendous benefits low-water landscaping has to offer. Additionally, as water costs increase and more US cities impose water restrictions; low-water landscaping is becoming the only form of landscaping that is cost-effective and good for the environment. Low-water landscaping, also known as xeriscaping applies several techniques from selecting certain types of plants to limiting turf. The following techniques will help you get started in planning and planting a xeriscaped garden.SoilThe first step in xeriscaping is ensuring that your soil is rich with minerals and able to retain moisture. To get your soil as healthy as possible, start with deep spading and plowing, to a depth of about six inches. This will help break up the soil and allow root systems to grow deeper into the earth. Then, add organic fertilizer, compost and manure to your soil. PlantsSelect only drought-resistant and native pl...


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