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Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide
Use this guide to plant a successful vegetable garden. The information has been developed after considerable research and practical experience. (PDF Format Only)
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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").
Time To Plant Heat-tolerant Veggies
June is a pivotal time for Louisiana vegetable gardens. It’s the transition from spring to hot summer conditions. At this time many crops are fully in harvest or have been pulled out to make room for new crops.
Understand Fertilizer Numbers
Fertilizers come in different strengths and blends, with the three numbers on the bags showing the percentage by weight of the three major nutrients. Understanding the numbers on a bag of fertilizer helps you apply the right amount and ratio your yard or garden needs.
Understand Fertilizer Numbers
Fertilizers come in different strengths and blends, with the three numbers on the bags showing the percentage by weight of the three major nutrients. Understanding the numbers on a bag of fertilizer helps you apply the right amount and ratio your yard or garden needs.
Micro-Irrigation for Home Landscape Plantings
Information on benefits of micro-irrigation systems for a home landscape and basics/guidelines on installation and ideas to consider.
Growing Vegetable Pears
This publication has information on the varieties, pollination, soil preparation, planting and cultivation of vegetable pears. (PDF Format Only)
Bravado coneflower
Coneflowers provide summer color year after year
(Distributed 06/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most popular non-woody perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to an area from the Midwest into the southeastern United States.
Plan for Low-maintenance Landscapes
Low landscape maintenance is possible only through proper planning, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings. With the fall planting season coming soon, planning should begin now.
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Seeded Turf-type Bermudagrasses
Bermudagrass sod is a tough, fine-textured, aggressive, warm-season turf that's just perfect for a pretty lawn or well-performing athletic turf. It does not tolerate shade, so overhangs and trees are a big problem.
vertical shaft engine
How To Choose a Lawn/Garden Tractor - Engines
One of the factors that most affects both the capability of a lawn/garden tractor, and the price, is the engine.
Butterfly pentas
Pentas is a top performer in summer gardens
(Distributed 06/19/15) HAMMOND, La. – If you’re looking for some great summer color for your landscape beds from now through our first killing frost this fall, the Butterfly series of pentas will give you that, and maybe even more.
Pink Flare hibiscus
Louisiana gardeners have many hibiscus choices
(Distributed 06/12/15) HAMMOND, La. – An abundance of hibiscus varieties do well in Louisiana.Many of us are very familiar with the tropical hibiscuses Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. We see them frequently. They’re typically not cold-hardy for the majority of the state.
Why Sod Your Lawn?
Of all the reasons for solid sodding a new lawn, some of the best ones are those everyone can appreciate.
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Poll Takes Pulse of Home Lawn Care
Consumer Reports magazine released its second annual lawn care poll in the May issue. See the results.
Nematodes – The ‘Unseen’ Pest
Invisible pests are living in the soil of our vegetable gardens, and these microscopic round worms known as nematodes are problems for home gardeners and commercial farmers.
Nematodes – The ‘Unseen’ Pest
Invisible pests are living in the soil of our vegetable gardens, and these microscopic round worms known as nematodes are problems for home gardeners and commercial farmers.
Mushrooms and Fairy Rings in Lawns
Fairy Rings and Mushrooms in Lawns
We often see lawns with mushrooms or doughnut rings of dying or dark green grass. These are referred to as "fairy rings." This publication includes information on how to control fairy rings in your lawn. (PDF Format Only)
Black Diamond crape myrtle
Crape myrtles highlight summer landscapes
(Distributed 06/05/15) HAMMOND, La. – With rain following a cold winter, early spring growth was not good on crape myrtles this year. But we are seeing very nice blooms on these great summer-flowering landscape trees as we approach their peak performance time of late June through July.
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