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What Is the Difference Between Yellow Pines and Lodgepole Pines?
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What Is the Difference Between Yellow Pines and Lodgepole Pines?

Comstock/Comstock/Getty ImagesThe Pinus genus contains 114 species, more than any other member of the conifer family. Although each species has its own unique size, shape and features, pines share some characteristics; all pines have aromatic, evergreen foliage; produce cones that take from two to three years to mature; and have rough, furrowed bark.

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The Best Vegetables to Grow in Michigan

Corn-cobs image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.comMichigan is located in the upper midwest section of the United States, and is affected by frost and cold weather in the winter, spring and fall months. Your vegetable garden area should begin with a sunny location and well-drained, fertile soil.Sweet CornSweet corn is a popular vegetable that many gardeners seek for their Michigan garden.
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Ornamental Grasses With Berries

Ornamental grasses are popular for their hardiness and attractive foliage. Some ornamental grasses are grown strictly for their foliage, while others feature tall, showy spikes of flowers or soft, feathery blooms. There are even a few types of ornamental grasses that produce berries.LilyturfLilyturf is a short ornamental grass that reaches a maximum height of twelve inches.
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How to Prepare the Ground for Grass Seed

Wood lawn chair image by Daniel Gillies from Fotolia.comPreparing the soil before sowing grass seed is a crucial first step to having a beautiful lawn. Grass is a heavy nitrogen feeder, so you should mix in soil amendments before planting. Plan to prepare the ground at least two months before sowing the grass seed.
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Hickory Trees in Texas

The majority of hickory trees grow in the eastern U.S.; central Texas is about as far west as hickories grow. Hickories make solid ornamental species and are famous for their strong wood, which many individuals burn to flavor meats.Bitternut HickoryThe bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) takes its name from the bitter taste of its nuts, which even squirrels will pass up, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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Large Leaf Tropical Plants

Elephant ear leaves image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.comTropical plants often have larger leaves than their cool-weather counterparts. Some have unusual shapes, while others are variegated, brightly colored, or textured. Large leaf tropical plants are an excellent choice for the home gardener who wants a conversation piece.
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Narrow Columnar Evergreen Trees

BernardTadzikovsky/iStock/Getty ImagesColumnar evergreens fit into landscape sites when other trees just won& 39;t do. Unlike some evergreens, these cultivars stay trim, but they do require extra consideration; they are not suitable for every situation.Landscape UsesColumnar evergreens with a compact footprint fit neatly between houses or along property lines to screen your home from the neighbor& 39;s view.
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How to Repair a Rose Tree Trunk

Rose image by timur1970 from Fotolia.comRose trees do not exist naturally, but are actually rose bushes that are pruned and grafted to resemble trees. These & 34;trees& 34; have trunks that usually stand 3 feet tall, with a rounded mass of roses at the top. Sometimes, however, harsh weather or fungal diseases damage these trunks.
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Facts on the Strangler Fig Tree

Not truly strangling the tree upon which it first sprouted, the strangler fig (Ficus aurea) simply uses its & 34;host& 34; plant for support. Strangler fig trees become large tropical shade trees with good resilience to tropical windstorms. A large landscape is needed so the fast-growing tree& 39;s branches and roots do not cause crowding.
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The Meaning of the Edelweiss Flower

2 edelweiss image by John Maldoror from Fotolia.comEdelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is a small, white-flowered alpine plant that is native to mountainous European locations including the Pyrenees, Alps and Carpathians. It has long been popular in Europe and acquired symbolic, historic and other meanings.
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Why and When to Use Fertilizers High in Potassium

NinaMalyna/iStock/Getty ImagesAlong with nitrogen and phosphorus, potassium is an essential plant nutrient used in large amounts by plants. A deficiency in potassium results in slow plant growth and off-color leaves; test the soil or plant tissue samples to identify a potassium deficiency. Use fertilizers high in potassium when the soil or plant tissues show low levels of potassium.
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How to Fix Nitrogen Lawn Burn

Yellow or brown spots can be an eyesore to a pristine lawn. The nitrogen buildup may be caused by over-fertilizing your lawn, or it may be caused by urine deposits left by pets. No matter what the source of nitrogen burn marks, fixing the discolored lawn is relatively easy. However, it does take time.
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How to Root the Cuttings of an Italian Cypress

Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is an attractive, but odd-looking, evergreen tree. The tall, skinny Italian cypress can grow as tall as 60 feet, but will be no more than 3 feet wide, making it a good choice for narrow spaces between buildings, planted closely together as a windbreak or privacy screen, or located next to an unsightly wall.
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Herbal Plant Identification

Forest image by Jaroslav Pohl from Fotolia.comHerbs are a popular choice for indoor gardens, but they can also be found outside in the wild. The definition for herbs in the culinary world differs from how botanists and horticulturists define herbs; not all horticultural herbs are edible, and not all culinary herbs are technically herbs.
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Uses of Sphagnum Moss

Moss image by Vasilyi Sidorchuk from Fotolia.comHarvested primarily in Canada and North America, sphagnum peat moss (Sphagnum andersonianum) is an all-purpose soil amendment that can also be used alone in certain horticultural operations. The high-acid content of the water slows down or halts the decay process, resulting in a tough, stringy, fibrous product for use in your garden.
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The Types of Grassland Plants

Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty ImagesThere are several different names for grasslands, including the prairie and the plains. There are few trees dotting the wide open plains, but you can find plenty of other species of plant life.GrassesJupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesGrasses make up about half the plant species in the grasslands.
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How to Encase Flowers in Acrylic

Many small white flowers image by Maxim Petrichuk from Fotolia.comPreserve your bridal bouquet or flowers from a special occasion forever by encasing them in acrylic. Acrylic resin has a glass-like finish when cured, protecting the encased material for years to come. Frame your encased flowers and display on a center table or mount on a wall for enhanced interest and appeal.
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Fall Vegetable Planting in Florida

Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesUnlike many areas of the United States, Florida gardeners have the ability to grow vegetables year-round. Warm-season crops grow better planted during warmer times of the year. Cool-season crops grow better planted during the cooler temperatures of fall and winter.
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How to Remove a Holly Tree

Wild holly image by Joy Prescott from Fotolia.comHolly trees can be found growing in many lawns and gardens. As with all other trees, holly trees can become unwanted by gardeners because of disease or because of a change in landscaping that does not allow for the holly tree. With the proper materials, holly trees can easily be removed, but may take time and concentration.
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How to Plant Tall Phlox

Phlox - Gartenblume image by Oskar from Fotolia.comTall phlox (Phlox paniculata) brings fragrance and flower color to perennial borders and cottage-style gardens in summer. It& 39;s sometimes called perennial phlox, garden phlox or fall phlox to differentiate it from the sprawling, spring-blooming species.
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How to Identify Leaves With a Red Stem

Plant image by martini from Fotolia.comIdentifying the leaves of plants is important in avoiding plants such as poison ivy, poison oak or other plant species that are poisonous or dangerous. Plants that have red stems on their leaves are varied and can be completely harmless, or they can turn out to either be weeds that ruin gardens or plants like poison sumac that can cause skin irritation.
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