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Tropical hibiscus can survive mild winters
(Audio 9/29/14) The tropical hibiscus can survive a mild winter in Louisiana if it is well mulched and covered. Make sure the shrub is planted in a sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Help sustain the Monarch butterfly
(Audio 9/29/14) The Monarch Butterfly migrates from Southern Canada through Louisiana and into Mexico. Plant nectar plants such as lantana and zinnias for them to feed on as they move through. Also plant milkweed to encourage new generations of the butterfly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
There is still time to repair your lawn
(Audio 9/29/14) If you need to repair your lawn, try to lay sod within the next few weeks. When repairing a lawn you should remove the dead grass completely, rake the soil to loosen it, and then lay sod that fits perfectly into the area. Listen to learn how to plant a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water plants thoroughly during dry weather
(Audio 9/29/14) Don’t let the cooler weather fool you; October is one of the driest months. Remember to water plants thoroughly and occasionally as needed. Pay careful attention to anything that’s been newly planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Houseplants clean the air inside your home
(Audio 9/29/14) NASA discovered that houseplants have the ability to remove a wide variety of toxins from the air. Indoor plants that can keep the air inside your home pure include the spider plant, the peace lily, and the Chinese evergreen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant garlic for Louisiana cooking
(Audio 9/22/14) Garlic is indispensable to the Louisiana vegetable garden because it brings a lot of flavor to food. Types of garlic that may be planted now include Italian garlic, creole garlic, and elephant garlic. This garlic will be harvested next May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide perennial plants
(Audio 9/22/14) Divide, or separate, plants to create more copies and to control the size of the plant. This should be done when the plant is most dormant. Plants that are dormant during this time of the year include Louisiana irises, daylilies, Easter lilies, and calla lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wait to plant shade trees in the landscape
(Audio 9/22/14) Although it is still too hot to plant shade trees, evaluate your home and decide if you would like to plant some later. Shade trees next to the home can really help with utility bills. Take this time to think about where you would like the tree and what size the tree needs to be. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate bedding plants in late September
(Audio 9/22/14) Take notes on how well each bedding plant performed throughout the summer. Keep track of which plants survived the heat, rain, insects, and diseases. Your notes will help when deciding which plants to plant next spring and summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repot plants that have become pot-bound
(Audio 9/22/14) After a long summer, potted plants may become pot-bound and begin to stress. Check to see if the roots have completely filled the container. If so, repot the plant in a container about 4 inches larger than the previous pot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch out for azalea lace bugs
(Audio 9/15/14) There are two generations of azalea lace bugs, and the second generation appears in early fall. Azalea lace bugs can be identified by tiny white spots on the upper surface on the leaf and brown spots underneath the leaf. Treat with an insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create a compost pile in early fall
(Audio 9/15/14) Everybody who gardens should have a compost pile. If you have enough space in your yard, create a compost pile before the leaves begin to fall. Listen to hear instructions on how to easily construct a compost bin for your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store caladiums through the winter
(Audio 9/15/14) Caladiums provide color to flower beds throughout the summer, but they go dormant in the fall. Before the foliage disappears, dig up the tubers and store them through the winter. This will allow you to replant them year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall azaleas provide blooms late in the year
(Audio 9/15/14) Fall azaleas have been common in Louisiana for years. Most fall-blooming azaleas produce a nice display in the fall and another display in the spring. Listen to learn which types of azaleas are most popular during this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gaillardia Mesa is fall Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 9/15/14) A Louisiana Super Plant, gaillardia Mesa is an outstanding bedding plant for fall, but will continue to flower throughout spring and early summer. The series has three flower colors, Mesa Bi-color, Mesa Yellow and Mesa Peach. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mulch controls weeds
(Audio 09/08/14) Mulches are used in flower beds and around shrubs. They bring a great look to your landscape and also enrich the soil. Their most important job, however, is to prevent weeds from growing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns should be kept well mowed
(Audio 09/08/14) Lawns still need to be mowed often this time of year. Make sure to weed, water and mow regularly so the lawn stays healthy for those cold winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare gardens now for winter planting
(Audio 09/08/14) A lot of gardening is done during September and October. During this time, summer plants are coming to an end, and it's time to plant those fall vegetables and flowers. Gardens need to be prepared for the new plants to produce abundantly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning trees and shrubs may cause less flowering
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall-, winter- and spring-flowering trees and shrubs have already set their flower buds for next year. Pruning these plants now will cause the flowers to be less abundant during blooming seasons. Listen to learn more about when and how to prune. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilizing for the fall
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall is right around the corner, and fertilization in preparation for fall is important. Fertilizer is important in spring and summer, but not as much in fall and winter. Listen to learn more about how to fertilize for fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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