How to Prevent Plant Disease and Pests

Mar 07, 14 How to Prevent Plant Disease and Pests

Your plants face multiple problems on a regular basis: too much water, not enough water, too much sunlight, not enough sunlight, etc. Besides the usual difficulties, there are also pests and diseases to contend with, both of which can greatly hamper your plants’ productivity and even kill them. Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your plants, which we’ve gathered below.

Plants, like humans, are able fight off disease better when they’re stronger and healthier. So what does this mean for your plants? For starters, it means having proper airflow and not over or under-watering your plants. As we mentioned in an earlier blog post, too much water causes saturation, preventing the roots from uptaking the necessary nutrients.

*The products mentioned below can be used on all plants, whether indoor or outdoor.

Potassium Silicate

Botanicare BCSIBQT Silica Blast

Botanicare BCSIBQT Silica Blast

One way to strengthen your plants is through additives that contain potassium silicate found in Botanicare’s Silica Blast or in General Hydroponics’ Armor Si. The potassium silicate found in these products will thicken the stem and leaves, making them a less attractive target for pests and better equipped to fight off disease.

*If you’re growing vegetables, make sure you don’t overdo it on the potassium silicate. Using too much can impact the taste of your vegetables.

Hygrozyme

Another additive that will strengthen your plants and prevent disease is Hygrozyme. Designed to speed up natural chemical reactions in plants, Hygrozyme breaks down old root mass, promoting new root growth and allows your plants to absorb more nutrients, making the plant stronger.

The Guano Company GUST128 Super Tea Mix

The Guano Company GUST128 Super Tea Mix

Composted Tea

Composed of all organic materials, such as earthworm castings, bat guano, and soluble seaweed, composted tea is great for plants as it serves as a vegetative and root stimulator. This nutrient solution promotes balanced growth and lush vegetation and can be used during all stages of the growth cycle.

Pests

Nothing is more maddening than coming out and seeing some bug-eyed creature happily munching on your plants. Spider mites, white flies, gnats, aphids, caterpillars, and grasshoppers are a few of the pests you’ll probably encounter in your garden. All of these are incredibly destructive and will ruin your hard work. The good news is that you can keep these creatures under control without using harsh chemicals. Below are some organic methods to control those pesky pests.

Liquid Ladybug is an all-natural miticide that controls all sorts of pests, from aphids to fungus gnats to thrips. Available in an assortment of volumes in either concentrate or ready-to-use, Liquid Ladybug is an excellent choice when you need to control a wide variety of pests.

Got a problem with caterpillars or grasshoppers? These are particularly devastating as they eat the leaves of your plants, but can be controlled with AzaMax. Safe to use on all plants in all stages of the growth process, the active ingredient in AzaMax is Azadirachtin which is a naturally occurring insecticide from the neem tree.

Seabright Laboratories HGSLWFT Sticky Trap

Seabright Laboratories HGSLWFT Sticky Trap

A great option for controlling flying insects such as gnats, white flies, and aphids are sticky traps. Non-poisonous and weather-proof, these traps hang in your garden at plant height and attract these winged pests with their bright yellow and blue colors. Once the trap is covered in either insects or dust, simply throw it out and replace it.

For more organic pesticides, including products that eliminate pests indoors, visit our pests and fungicides section.

What do you use to keep away the pests and keep your plants disease-free? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or Google Plus!

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DIY LED Flower Arrangement

Feb 11, 14 DIY LED Flower Arrangement

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s hard not to think about flowers, ribbons, and fun DIY projects. That’s why we’ve combined all three in this simple, fun tutorial on how to make a beautiful LED Flower Arrangement. Ideal for date nights, weddings, and Sunday crafternoons, this light-up floral arrangement is sure to put a smile on any loved one’s face.




For this tutorial, you will need:
• One real or fake flower (we used a plastic rose)
6 ft. LED Ribbon purchased at 1000Bulbs.com
• Circle of red sheer fabric
• 2-3 sheets of silver tissue paper
• Silver wire for the bow
• Green wire for stems
• Tape
• Wire cutters

Step 1
Create a bow using your LED ribbon. For this example, we did a five-loop bow. This can seem daunting to those that are unfamiliar with making bows. Have no fear, as we show you how to make a pretty and simple bow. What’s great about this ribbon is that it’s dual-sided, wire-edged, lighted, lace-like, and iridescent. It looks nice from both sides, and it is easy to form and hold shapes with. If it takes you a few times to craft a bow and you’re worried about the shape, that’s okay. The ribbon will still look brand new.

Step 2
Tie a knot around the ends of your ribbon and secure it with your green or silver wire.

Step 3
Lay the rose on top of the bow and wrap them together with wire.

Step 4
Take the sheer fabric (it should be in a circle shape with a hole cut out of the middle in an X shape. The X should be about an inch in length) and put the rose through the center. Then fashion the fabric around the stem and the bow.

Step 5
Use clear scotch tape to fasten the LED battery to the bottom stem of the rose. Make sure that the on/off switch is accessible.

Step 6
Wrap your tissue paper around the flower, bow, and fabric and secure everything in place with your ribbon. (Use extra sheets of tissue paper or wire if necessary).

That’s it for this tutorial. Have you done any DIY projects with LED ribbons? Share them in the comments below or tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest!

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What are the Different Types of Christmas Trees?

Oct 25, 13 What are the Different Types of Christmas Trees?

 

Perhaps your tree is looking a lot like the one from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Maybe you’re tired of lugging in that live tree year after year and tired of constantly sweeping up pine needles. Maybe you’re tired of refilling the water when your cats decide the Christmas tree’s water is better than their actual water.  Whatever the reason, we’ve got all types of artificial Christmas trees that are sure to make spirits bright for many holidays to come.

Unlit and Pre-lit Christmas Trees: These types of trees are the staple of Christmas decorating, and offered in many different sizes, diameters, and variations.  Worried about an unevenly lit tree? Then check out our wide selection of pre-lit Christmas trees. Since pre-lit trees come with either warm white or multi-color lights, they don’t really give you the option to switch up the lights year to year. If you’re looking for that freedom, then look into our unlit Christmas trees.

Barcana Flocked Silver Tip 81-204-080-01

Barcana 81-204-080-01

Flocked and Frosted Christmas Trees: For those of you with mild winters, you know that snow is a rare occurrence. With that in mind, create your own white Christmas with our flocked and frosted trees. The branches of these trees are frosted and covered in “snow”, giving the trees a wintery look just like the outdoors. Coming in unlit and pre-lit options, these trees will bring that special Christmas feel to your home year after year.

Upside Down Christmas Trees: Yes, we have upside down Christmas trees. Just like the name suggests, these trees are, well, upside down, and come in a few different varieties. From chandelier trees to  corner quarter trees, if you’re looking for a new spin on Christmas, these trees give you just that.

Sterling 6015-75BL

Sterling 6015-75BL

Palm and Tinsel Christmas Trees: These Christmas trees take “untraditional” to a whole new level. Feel like having a tropical holiday? Our pre-lit palm Christmas trees are sure to add island flair. While our palm Christmas trees will transform your living room into an island escape, our pre-lit tinsel trees will give you a more flamboyant Christmas. Made from the same material as PVC tinsel, we’ve got the colors you need for your holiday décor.

Half and Quarter Christmas Trees: Tight on space? Is accidentally knocking off ornaments from your Christmas tree getting old? Then our half trees may just be for you. Never heard of a half tree before? It’s designed to save space by lining up flush against the wall, while still giving you a tree to decorate and enjoy. The same applies for our corner trees. These tress specifically fit in the corner of a room, giving you more operating space, but still giving you a Christmas tree to enjoy.

 

What kind of tree are you planning to use this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus!

 

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Antique Home Lighting Guide

Aug 30, 13 Antique Home Lighting Guide

Within the confines of the 1000Bulbs.com website exist a little over 34,000 products, and of those 34,000 products are our antique bulbs. These bulbs are great replications of the bulbs used in the 19th and 20th century. We’ve put together a few of our antique bulbs that are sure to add a classic touch your home.

Edison Style: Looking for a bulb that’s true to Thomas Edison’s original bulb? Well, look no farther. The bulbs’ clear face further adds to the authenticity and warm tones, with the Tungsten filament clearly visible. The shape of these Edison style bulbs isn’t too far removed from the traditional A19 shape we have today, and they look great in antique pendant lights or in chandeliers, or in an antique lamp in study.

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4070

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4070

Decorative Chandelier: These decorative chandelier bulbs not only look just like those used in the early days, but some of these bulbs have a carbon filament inside them, reminiscent of some of the earliest bulbs produced. Providing a soft, warm glow you can’t get from a standard incandescent bulb, these bulbs are perfect in an entry way chandelier or in an antique wall sconce.

PLT T3018E26W-60W

PLT T3018E26W-60W

Tubular Antique Bulbs: Not that the previous types of bulbs haven’t been unique, but these tubular antique bulbs are really special. Coming with many different faces, from inside frost, to clear, to smoke, and each face gives each bulb its own unique feel. These bulbs can be used in many fixtures, from wall sconces to chandeliers, but are also great in movie theaters and themed restaurants.

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4080

Antique Light Bulb Co. L4080

Radio Style: These radio style bulbs recreate the vacuum tubes used in classic radios and mimic bulbs used in early 20th-century lighting. Available in carbon or tungsten filaments, these bulbs typically have a medium base, making them compatible with a number of fixtures and applications, ranging from pendant lights to themed restaurants.

Keep in mind, these antique bulbs aren’t designed for task lighting. Instead, they’re designed for creating, warm inviting tones, and to supplement existing light, not really for lighting your garage.

How are you going to use these antique bulbs? Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

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Five Can’t-Miss Christmas Decorations

Aug 23, 13 Five Can’t-Miss Christmas Decorations

It may be late August, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your Christmas decorating and getting your home ready for the upcoming holiday season. With that in mind, we’ve collected some unique Christmas decorations that will transform your home into a winter wonderland, making even Clark Griswold jealous.

Peter's Flying Santa

Peter’s Flying Santa

Peter’s Flying Santa: Now this is pretty special. Peter’s Flying Santa attaches to the top of your tree and flies around. Complete with Santa, his sleigh, and his eight reindeer, Peter’s Flying Santa is compatible with or without tree toppers and is sure to add a whimsical touch to your Christmas décor! For a video demonstration, click here.

Christmas Lite. Co CW15R-51

Christmas Lite. Co CW15R-51

Cowboy Christmas Lights: Sure, we sell lots of types of Christmas lights, from LED Christmas lights to net lights, to battery operated Christmas lights, but did you know we sell chili pepper lights? What about shotgun shell Christmas lights or cowboy boot Christmas lights? We even sell cow skull Christmas lights. So whatever your style, whether it be sophisticated, classic, or outside-the-city-limits, we’ve got you covered.

Texas A&M - Sterling 91511024ta

Texas A&M – Sterling 91511024ta

Untraditional Christmas Trees: Do you let out a “whoop” anytime you hear mention of Texas A&M? Is the blood that courses through your veins burnt orange? Wanting a break from traditional trees, looking for something more… interesting? Not only do we sell licensed university Christmas trees, we also have upside down and potted trees, and if those don’t tickle your fancy, look at our tinsel trees. Working with limited space this holiday season? Our corner and wall trees have you covered. If you’re looking to display your college football spirit, or just looking to take a break from the norm, check out our collection of unique trees!

Snowfall Lights LEDSNOW510

Snowfall Lights LEDSNOW510

LED Snowfall Tubes: Every year I plan to romp through the snow on Christmas Day, yet every year I’m disappointed. Thanks, Texas. Well, when you can’t have the real thing, this is where LED snowfall tubes come in. These are pretty fantastic. These tubes have pure white LED “drops” that mimic falling snow. Try hanging these from the trees in your front yard for an unprecedented winter look. For a video of these tubes in action, click here.

Barcana 55-24016-118

Barcana 55-24016-118

Life-Size Christmas Props: Imagine our 6-foot fiberglass Santa holding a toy bag, being the focal point of your decoration layout. If a 6-foot Santa isn’t what you had in mind, how about a 6-foot fiberglass Nutcracker, guarding your lawn or your front door? Our life-size decorations are a great way to round out your holiday decorating plans!

Don’t forget about us when it’s time to break out these awesome decorations! Share your winter wonderland with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, or send us a copy at our physical address:

1000Bulbs.com

C/O Daniel Michaelree

2140 Merritt DR.

Garland, TX 75041

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Lavish Lamps: A Quick-Tip Guide to Table Lamps

There was once a time when table lamps were simply a way to light a room. Now, not only do they make for great task lighting; they also create a sense of comfort and add to the inspired look of the rooms they are placed in. At 1000Bulbs.com, we have a great collection of lamps with different designs and color schemes for you to add to your decor. Here are a few table lamps that can enhance the look and feel of the unique style of your home.

 

For an Elegant Appearance

Bling your home with one of these radiant lamps. Ideal for living room and bed side tables, these lamps are sure to bring a sparkle to any room they are placed in!

Uttermost 26894 Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Uttermost 26894 Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Arteriors 49629-868 – Shimmering Glass Table Lamp

Uttermost 26894 – Cascading Crystal Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20118BS – Elegant Table Lamp

Uttermost 26440 – Dark Ceramic Table Lamp

Uttermost 26987 – Modern Table Lamp

 

 

For a Nature Inspired Ambiance

Add an extra touch of nature to your living room or den with one of these nature inspired lamps. These lamps have a rustic simplicity and are made of natural material like wood, sand stone, and more!

Arteriors 48572-701 Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

Arteriors 48572-701 Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

Uttermost 27416 – Twisted Tree with Birds Table Lamp

Arteriors 15404-936 – Driftwood Table Lamp

Uttermost 27960 – Rustic Table Lamp

Arteriors 43136-109 – Silver Branch Iron Table Lamp

Arteriors 48572-701 – Nature Inspired Polyester Table Lamp

 

For a Splash of Color

Give your room a color splash with one of these intriguing lamps. Finished in bright colors like green and turquoise, these lamps will be sure to add a sensational pop to any neutral colored room!

Flambeau TA1104 Alluring Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1104 Alluring Table Lamp

Arteriors 17416-543 – Hand Thrown Terracotta Lamp

Uttermost 26347 – Elegant Table Lamp

Arteriors 17392-541 – Porcelain Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1104 – Alluring Table Lamp

Arteriors 17323-354 – Glass Table Lamp

 

 

For a Simple Style

If you are looking for something casual, try one of these simple lamps. The lamps are finished in neutral tones, yet have a charming and simple design to them.

Kenroy Home 20685DB Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20685DB Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Arteriors 16321-240 – Wood Table Lamp

Uttermost 26481 – Fluted Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20685DB – Dark Burgundy Table Lamp

Arteriors 17297-210 – Optic Glass Table Lamp

Uttermost 26253 – Bronze Table Lamp

 

For an Industrial Look

Are metal, industrial-type designs your thing? These lamps lamps have just the edge you’re looking for. Made of materials such as steel and iron, these lamps are perfect for your edgy style!

Lazy Susan 626011 Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Lazy Susan 626011 Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Arteriors 46264-373 – Brass and Wood Table Lamp

Lazy Susan 626011 – Steel Wrapped Wire Table Lamp

Arteriors 46649-220 – Open Iron Table Lamp

Uttermost 27989-1 – Glass Table Lamp

Arteriors 46673 – Iron Table Lamp

 

 

For a Little Touch of Folly

Unique in style, these lamps bring a whimsical charm to any bedroom, living room, or den. Intricately designed for a distinguishing touch, these lamps are sure to embrace your eclectic style.

Flambeau TA1016 Abstract Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1016 Abstract Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1016 – Abstract Table Lamp

Arteriors 43139-113 – Iron Spine Table Lamp

Flambeau TA1017-S – Vintage Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20105CBS – Modern Table Lamp

Uttermost 26417 – Hammered Scroll Table Lamp

 

For a Vintage Revival

Trying to retrofit everything in your home? Check out these vintage lamps! Influenced by 20th century modern styles, these lamps are sure to bring a vintage charm to your home.

Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20090SMB Retro Table Lamp

Kenroy Home 20090SMB – Retro Table Lamp

Uttermost 27427-1 – Ceramic Table Lamp

Hudson Valley L125-AGB – Crystal Table Lamp

Arteriors 49823-316 – Glass Sphere Table Lamp

Uttermost 26462 – Glass Table Lamp

 

 

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