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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").
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.
Flutterby petite tutti fruiti buddleia
Tutti Fruitti buddleia named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 04/17/14) HAMMOND, La. – Buddleia, known by most home gardeners as butterfly bush, is becoming an increasingly popular plant in the home landscape. Mostly because this perennial is highly favored by butterflies as a nectar plant.
Prune spring bloomers sooner than later
(Distributed 02/22/08) Most spring and early summer flowering shrubs break the usual rule for pruning. Unlike trees, which normally should be pruned in winter, spring bloomers should be pruned after they finish flowering.
Alpine series viola
Photo Galleries: Violas
Violas, a close relative to the pansy but with smaller flowers, can provide a mass of color on the darkest winter day. Several viola series perform well in Louisiana, but sometimes it's difficult to choose the viola you want with so many series and colors available. The pictures included on this page are all from the annual bedding plant trials performed at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
Fireplace Ashes on Your Soil
Fireplace wood ashes are a lime and potassium source, but watch out for the rise in soil pH.
crape myrtles
Crape Myrtles for Louisiana Landscapes
This publication includes information on the planting, fertilization, pruning, failure to flower, insects and diseases, and varieties of crape myrtles. (PDF Format Only)
bed preparation
It’s time to take care of azaleas
(Distributed 04/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Azalea blooms were outstanding this spring, even though the flowers were about two to three weeks later than normal and the cold weather this winter limited the early bloom. In the end, however, many plants bloomed in unison beginning in mid-March. Flowers are continuing now, and bloom on some varieties will stretch through May.
Slime Mold Crust on Turfgrass
Slime Mold Crust on Your Turfgrass
This publication includes information on the life cycle, damage and control of slime mold on turfgrass. (PDF Format Only)
Scab lesions on nuts
Pecan Disease Synopsis
This document describes the diseases that occur most frequently on pecan trees in Louisiana.
Gardening In Shade Can Be Enjoyable
When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and enduring.
Gardening In Shade Can Be Enjoyable
When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and enduring.
Figure 1. Fear of damage from falling branches or trees prompted this case of "chainsaw backlash". This Louisiana homeowner removed all ten live oaks from her property. Photo by Hallie Dozier.
Make Wise Tree Removal Decisions before a Hurricane
This article reviews recent research on urban and community trees and their ability to stand up to hurricane strength winds.
kauai white torenia
Kauai torenia named Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2014
(Distributed 04/04/14) HAMMOND, La. – In the continuing program of identifying Louisiana Super Plants, the LSU AgCenter has identified the Kauai series torenia as a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2014. These are improved from some of the older seeded varieties and have been proven great in landscape trials the last three years at the LSU AgCenter.
Louisiana Iris
LSU AgCenter Scientists Testing Weed Control For Louisiana Iris Growers
LSU AgCenter scientists are nearing the end of a two-year weed control study designed to help Louisiana iris growers save money. It is the only weed control study in the state concentrating on field production of Louisiana iris, and its purpose is to increase yields and reduce weed competition.
Penny Mac hydrangea
Research gardens growing in Hammond
(Distributed 03/28/14) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station seven years ago, gardens supporting the research at the station continue to expand.
Louisiana Azaleas
Louisiana Azaleas Infographic
Azaleas are the major ornamental plants in Louisiana’s residential and commercial landscapes. This inforgraph includes information on planting and maintenance, and pest control recommendations.
Azalea Varieties for Louisiana Infograph
Azaleas, the major ornamental plants in Louisiana’s residential and commercial landscapes, are available in many flower colors, growth habits and foliage characteristics. This infograph coveries the various varieties for Louisiana gardens
Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Gardening for Louisiana Infographic
Butterflies provide unequaled splendor and motion. Our fascination with these magical creatures is as evident today as it has been throughout history. Speaking to our gentler and possibly our romantic selves, butterflies have a calming effect. Observing these marvelous creatures fluttering seemingly effortlessly sometimes sets our minds adrift.
home fruit and nut production
Louisiana Home and Fruit Production
This publication is an excellent resource for anyone interested in growing fruit or nuts in the area. Filled with 84 full-color pages, this handbook includes detailed information about everything from fruit and nuts commonly grown here to information about fruit plants that can double as attractive parts of your landscape. Cost: $20 plus tax and shipping. You can order this book through our online store by using the Order Publication link below.
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