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“It’s important that everyone in the family knows about any dangers associated with plants brought into the home. While many common houseplants are safe, some are poisonous for people and/or pets. This may not be a problem in a home with only adults and older children. If young children or pets live in the home, it’s a good idea to avoid plants that are even mildly toxic.”
10 Poisonous Indoor Plants Your Children and Pets Should Avoid

Poisonous Indoor Plants; watch out! They are more common than you think!

Many common houseplants can be toxic to children and pets if ingested.

Some plants are more toxic than others, however, it is good to know what are the plants to avoid, (or simply watch for), if you have young children and pets.

I have two kids and a dog; and I have a lot of plants, many of which are toxic.

I’ve managed to keep everyone healthy and out of trouble so far, by simply arranging the  most poisonous plants in spots that neither my kids or dog can reach.

Honestly, my dog lounges under a Bird of Paradise plant every day. He doesn’t get sick because he doesn’t chew any of the leaves…


Read more: https://blog.mytastefulspace.com/2020/03/04/poisonous-indoor-plants/

The Gardener’s Guide to Proper Pruning

“Pruning is regarded as the basic maintenance formula for plants. These natural resources require consistent maintenance for structural strength and outward appearance. On the other hand, the process has to be carried out by people who understand plants as well as the proper way of looking after them.”

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Tree pruning can seem to be like such a chore. You’ll have to spend time finding out the absolute best way to get those trees looking great. Yet exactly why we must prune? Well there are several very good reasons for pruning plants. These reasons are listed below in this posting.

1) To improve the look or health of a plant. Prompt elimination of infected, damaged, or dead plant parts speeds the formation of callus tissue, and oftentimes restricts multiplication of insects and disease. For trees, pruning a dense canopy permits better air circulation and sunlight infiltration. To avoid upcoming problems, remove crossing branches that rub or hinder each other, and those that make narrow crotches.

2. To control the size of a plant. By taking off old and dead limbs, you let the plant to focus more on raising its size and building new limbs than trying to recover them. You should also ensure you are guiding the plant to grow in the right way. This means away from buildings and other structures.

3. Removing stubs. Small stubs shouldn’t be left, as these become subject to bacterial and fungal attack, that may proceed into the main trunk or branch itself. However, cuts that happen to be made too flush with the trunk, while appearing to have calloused over, could also cause rot to build up behind them and therefore within the trunk.

4. Create shapes. A particular shape is achieved by a regular pruning session. Shrubs or trees planted close together could be converted into a hedge with a well planned method of pruning.

5. More flowers or fruits. Fruit trees and flowering plants are certain to provide a higher yield of fruit and blossoms after receiving the routine pruning. By eliminating the spent flowers throughout the season, the blooming time is prolonged and also a more generous crop of flowers or fruits are noticed in regard to round to harvest time.

6) To rejuvenate old plants. As trees and shrubs fully developed, their forms could become unattractive. Pruning could recover vigor, and improve the appearance of these plants.

Pruning is required in an effort to assure the looks and health of a plant. Pruning decreases the size of a plant so that it suits the landscape proportionately and eliminates dead wood and low limbs. Plants sometimes should trained to grow a certain way. Pruning is required to make this happen. Pruning also influences fruiting and flowering and rejuvenation of old plants.