How to Grow Avocado

Written by Hans Dekker

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pit inrepparttar sunlight until is begins to split and then potting it in soil partly exposed like an amaryllis bulb or sweet potato vine. Use a four or five-inch pot to start your plant and set it in a nutrient rich potting soil that has good drainage. After your plant is about a foot tall, pinch it back to half. Pinching it back produces a rounder and fuller plant. Once your plant has filled its pot with roots, itís time to move it to its permanent home.

When youíre learning how to grow avocado plants, donít expect fruit. Avocado trees take up to ten years to mature enough to bear fruit and indoor grown plants rarely last for that length of time. However, if you provide it with a moist soil, plenty of sunlight, and fertile soil, your avocado plant will be an interesting addition to your home container garden for three to five years.

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Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em

Written by L. J. Bruton

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For example, some weeds grow in situations of compacted soil, such as knotweed. You can also controlrepparttar growth by taking better care ofrepparttar 113408 grass, rather than focus onrepparttar 113409 weeds. You can raise or lowerrepparttar 113410 mowing height, changerepparttar 113411 frequency of mowing and changingrepparttar 113412 amount of time between irrigating. Also, you can increase or decrease application of fertilizer and aerifyrepparttar 113413 soil. This will maintain better grass, thus keepingrepparttar 113414 growth dense and vigorous, which as discussed above, does not attract weeds.

In addition to culture practices, sometimesrepparttar 113415 assistance of chemicals is needed to control weed growth. In that case, there are several types of herbicides that can be used. Preemergence herbicides will affect seeds that are germinating. Since they are best used two to three weeks beforerepparttar 113416 seeds start to grow, these work best to combat annual weeds. Postmergence herbicides are used, as their prefix implies, afterrepparttar 113417 weeds have sprouted. Since they must be absorbed throughrepparttar 113418 leaves, this types of herbicide works best with a spray.

These can be used at any time, but are most effective whenrepparttar 113419 weed is still young and growing. Selective postmergence herbicides are usually used to control annual, biennial and perennial broadleaf weeds, as they will not damage grass. But, they can kill trees, shrubs and flowers. These have to be used in proper conditions as well, with no rain inrepparttar 113420 forecast for two days to follow, air 60-80 degrees and no winds. Finally, non-selective postmergence herbicides kill all types of weeds, and are best used to spot treat grassy weeds that are not affected byrepparttar 113421 selective herbicides.

So next time you see a Dandelion plant growing, don't make a wish and blowrepparttar 113422 seeds toward inrepparttar 113423 direction of a lawn fanatic- they may not getrepparttar 113424 perfectly manicured lawn they wished for!

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