How to Care for a Veneer Dining Table

The word “veneer” has gotten a bad reputation for referring to cheap, ill-made, ready-to-assemble furniture, but this is really a recent conceit. Veneers simply are thin layers of wood placed above less-expensive timber or other substances. The most beautiful Hepplewhite and Chippendale antiques were produced with veneers. Whether you have a valuable antique or a…

How to Repair Cracks in Outdoor Water Fountains

Outdoor water fountains come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials so you can tailor them to your yard or garden. Over the years, the weather and other forces can make these fountains to crack or chip. Most cracks in flats can be repaired, provided you catch them before they become serious. The specific…

The way to Fix Dead Grass By Fertilizer

An appropriate lawn maintenance routine typically includes practices like mowing grass at the appropriate height, providing the turf with supplementary water and, when necessary, applying fertilizer. Proper fertilizer use encourages healthy, vigorous grass growth and development. But if you apply fertilizer badly, fail to spread it evenly, over-fertilize or accidentally spill the material, affected turf…

Alcohol-Based Recipe for a Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Hardwood flooring finishes are tough, but they can turn cloudy when you clean with the incorrect chemicals, so producers recommend using gentle, pH-neutral cleaners. A combination of mild soap and water does not always get all the stains out, particularly the white ones left by tough or salty water. A vinegar solution can take care…

How to Create a Pewter Faux Finish

Give pretty much any object, metal or not, the expression of pewter by layering and texturing glaze over a gray or silvery base coat. The secret to a successful artificial pewter impact is to utilize matte or non-shiny paints, otherwise the artificial finish may appear more like aged steel or silver. Cover the work surface…

Typical Height of a Calibrachoa Hybrid

The delicate little flowers of the plant with a major name belie its hardy nature. Although it looks somewhat fragile, Calibrachoa, or observation petunias (Calibrachoa x hybrida), is prized for its ability to withstand hot, dry conditions and for its constant flowering habit that continues till the first frost. Hardy at U.S. Department of Agriculture…

DIY Baking Soda Spray for the Garden

There are times when even the most dedicated Organic gardener is enticed to blast prize ornamentals with substances to slow the infuriating spread of fungal disease. But take heart — fungal diseases like powdery mildew and black spot can be averted, and occasionally destroyed, with environmentally friendly household products like baking soda and liquid dish…

Are Red Onions Nightshade Vegetables?

Plants from the Solanaceae family are informally called nightshade plants. Onions, like red onions, aren’t from the Solanaceae or nightshade family. Nightshade plants comprise potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), manyflower tobacco (Nicotiana acuminata) and petunias (Petunia axillaris), grown as perennials at U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. While the potato…