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How to Cover a Chair

Two Methods:Using Slip CoversReupholstering a ChairCommunity Q&A There are several ways you can cover a chair to match your decor or hide a flaw. You can buy or make a slipcover. If you want a more permanent solution, grab your nail gun and reupholster a chair with your favorite fabric. Method 1 Using Slip Covers 1 Contact the company who made the furniture to see if they suggest a certain type of slipcover. If the chair is in an unusual shape or is heavily upholstered, it may not work with…

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How to Coppice

Three Parts:Understanding CoppicingCoppicing a WoodlandHarvesting Coppiced ShootsCommunity Q&A Coppicing is an old, even ancient, woodland management technique.[1] It involves the cutting of certain trees to stumps of approximately six inches (15 cm) high. These stumps, or stools, grow many new shoots, which are harvested in approximately 7 to 40 years. The thin shoots can be used for purposes such as firewood, fences, roof thatching, weaving, charcoal and furniture making. Part 1 Understanding Coppicing 1 Ensure you have the right type of trees for coppicing. The following are trees that can…

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How to Convert an Old TV Into a Fish Tank

Have you discovered a dinosaur of a TV set in your attic? You know, the ones with imitation wood and knobs instead of buttons? It sure can’t compete with today’s flat-panel units, but it doesn’t have to head straight for the junk pile — if you’re creative. Among other things, you can convert your old TV into a unique fish tank. Just follow these instructions. 1 Find an old wooden TV console. 2 Open the wooden television console. Console televisions usually have a removable back, but you may have to…

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How to Control the Spread of Bamboo

Bamboo is beautiful, you can add many varieties of bamboo to your garden without fear of it taking over if you follow some simple steps to keep it contained. 1 If you aren’t trying to control an existing plant, the best place to start is in choosing a species that is compatible with your gardening style. Bamboo is a large grass. And like its smaller cousins, there are some varieties that spread easily and others that form neat clumps. If you already have a spreading variety of bamboo, or if…

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How to Control Wild Violets

Two Methods:Chemical ControlOrganic ControlCommunity Q&A A few wild violets can add a charming splash of color to your garden or lawn, but these weeds can spread quickly and dramatically when left unchecked. You can control violets using both chemical and organic measures, but you should know that both methods will require time and dedication. Part 1 Chemical Control 1 Use a selective broadleaf killer. For best results, select an herbicide containing either 2,4-D or Dicamba. One containing Quinclorac may also work well against wild violets.[1] These herbicides are formulated to…

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How to Control Weeds

The worst part of gardening is weeding. While the plants you want sometimes need considerable attention to grow, weeds sprout up without any help, grow quickly, choke out the other plants and spread their seeds in a very short period of time. Weeds also attract destructive insects. If you weed early and often, and if you take a few steps to control weeds, you may eventually find yourself with a garden that’s weed-free. 1 Learn the difference between annual and perennial weeds. Annual weeds die out at the end of…

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How to Control Whiteflies

Three Methods:Encouraging Natural EnemiesUsing Whitefly TrapsUsing Other MethodsCommunity Q&A Whiteflies are an unsightly and destructive blight on a garden, covering plants with a cloud of white, moth-like insects and masses of white eggs. They are usually found on the underside of leaves, sucking the sap out of the infested plants. Besides taking the plant’s nutrients, these bugs can also encourage the development of mold and spread certain plant viruses. Fight these insects through several angles of attack if possible, introducing their natural enemies to your garden, hanging traps, and inspecting…

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How to Control Mealybugs on Indoor Plants

If you enjoy live plants from the comfort of inside, you may want to learn how to control mealybugs on indoor plants. Mealybugs are sap-drinking insects that can cause a great deal of damage in a short amount of time. They produce honeydew, which attracts ants and encourages the growth of fungus called black mold. Mealybugs are found in almost all growing regions on the globe. Controlling mealybugs on your indoor plants is a very important step in maintaining plant health. Mealybug infestation can occur rapidly and increase exponentially, causing…

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How to Control Lawn Weeds

Two Methods:Using Chemical ProductsControlling Weeds without ChemicalsCommunity Q&A If you are fighting the good fight against weeds growing on your lawn, it may be time to try some new tactics. This article will cover both chemical and non-chemical tactics that you can use to keep the weeds at bay. Method 1 Using Chemical Products 1 Spot the weeds growing in your lawn. Weeds generally look different from the rest of your lawn. You may spot flowers appearing, especially if dandelions are a problem for your lawn. You may also notice…

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How to Control Scale Insects on Outdoor Plants

One Methods:Apply One or More of These RemediesCommunity Q&A ?Scale” is an insect that can infect your outdoor plants and cause a huge infestation in surrounding plants, including your fruits and vegetables. The name comes from the insect’s characteristic hard green or brown shell. These insects feed on plant nectar or sap, eventually killing the plant, and excrete a sticky liquid called “honeydew.” If you see the insects or this substance on your plants and suspect that they have been infected with scale, there are several things you can do…