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cherry tomatoes
Success with Summer Tomatoes
Louisiana summers are a tough time for tomatoes to set and hold fruit. The heat causes irregular flower growth in most cultivars, and the result is poor fruit set, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Native Tree Growing guide
Native Tree Growing Guide for Louisiana
This guide will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about tree planting in the area. It suggests native and well-adapted trees for our region and describes how to grow them successfully. The tree illustration fold-out can also be used as a poster (22" x 34").
Photo of Blackeye pea
Southern peas & Yardlong or Asparagus bean
The southern pea is also known as cowpea and field pea and various names like blackeyes, crowders, peas, etc.
crape myrte flowers
Why crape myrtles aren’t flowering well
(Distributed 07/25/14) HAMMOND, La. What’s the most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana? Crape myrtles. Pretty easy question. Louisianians plant many crape myrtles in their landscapes every year. The lovely, long-lasting blooms make them attractive.
Pressing sprigs
Turfgrass Establishment
A beautiful lawn doesn't happen by chance. It requires planning and some elbow grease.
rose diseases
Rose Diseases
Louisiana's warm, humid weather encourages the development of several serious diseases that can damage rose bushes. This publication describes the major rose diseases found in Louisiana and offers disease management tips. (PDF Format Only)
lawn irrigation
Landscape irrigation is important in summer
(Distributed 07/18/14) HAMMOND, La. – July is Smart Irrigation Month across the country. It’s a program of the Irrigation Association to inform industry professionals and homeowners about proper irrigation in the landscape.
Checking For Termites
Formosan Termites Found Near Alexandria
(Distributed 04/29/04) LSU AgCenter entomologists confirmed that termites found the week of April 18 at a home in Pineville were Formosan subterranean termites. This is the first sighting of the pests in the Alexandria area. These termites pose a greater threat than the native species because they form larger colonies, are more aggressive and form carton nests above ground.
Growing Vegetable Pears
This publication has information on the varieties, pollination, soil preparation, planting and cultivation of vegetable pears. (PDF Format Only)
Tomato test results for 2009
Houma's LA Terre Louisiana Master Gardeners post some results of a spring vegetable demonstration.
Symptoms of Freeze- and Cold-damaged Vegetables
Surface damage is obvious, but other damage occurs internally.
Stolons of common carpetgrass
Carpetgrass for Lawns
Carpetgrass (Axonopus) isn't the prettiest grass, but it will sustain growth in poor soil and shady, damp areas. Its medium-coarse texture and light green color are very similar to centipede grass. I like to say that it looks like starving St. Augustinegrass.
June Vegetable Gardens
June is either the tail of spring or the head of summer in Louisiana. It depends on whether you are near I-20 or near I-10 interstates, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
rotten tomatoes
Tomato Blossom-end Rot Preventable
(Distributed 06/01/01) As summer heat sets in, tomatoes may show many disorders. One common fruit problem is blossom-end rot, or BER, according to an LSU AgCenter horticulturist.
Louisiana Home Citrus Fungicide Spray Schedule
If followed, this fungicide spray schedule for citrus should control most of our common fungal diseases and provide homeowners with quality fruit. However, the proper timing of spray applications and good spray coverage are essential for effective disease control.
Tune up Landscape Irrigation
A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
Tune up Landscape Irrigation
A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
Butter Cream lantana
There’s still time to plant lantanas
(Distributed 07/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Lantanas continue to be one of the most popular herbaceous perennials for Louisiana landscapes. Many varieties – some old and some new – offer a multitude of growth forms and flower colors.
Yuma crape myrtle
Take a look at these crape myrtles
(Distributed 07/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – More varieties and sizes of crape myrtles are available than many people realize. You can choose from well over 100 varieties with more being added each year. Unfortunately, due to demand, only about 10-15 varieties are readily available at garden centers around Louisiana.
Redbor Kale
"Cool Garden" is Cool
(Distributed 11/01/01) November in Louisiana means cooler weather, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske says it doesn't mean you have to hang up your garden tools for the year. "Some garden plants withstand cold weather, so you can keep your garden filled and growing until spring," the horticulturist explains.
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