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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

Halloween in the garden

(For Release On Or After 10/31/14) The ghouls and goblins will be out tonight, and the candles in the jack-o'-lanterns will be burning brightly. The Halloween season has put me in mind to look at scary traditions and relate them to some common gardening ideas and misconceptions.

Tropical plants need winter shelter
potted tropicals outside

(For Release On Or After 10/24/14) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their container-grown outdoor tropical plants.

Try rabbiteye blueberries

(For Release On Or After 10/17/14) Blueberries are one of the easiest-to-grow fruiting plants for home landscapes, and research indicates that they have all kinds of health benefits. Here in Louisiana we plant the native rabbiteye blueberry, Vaccinium ashei. A number of rabbiteye blueberry varieties are available, and all are Louisiana Super Plant selections for fall 2014.

Use color in the landscape
colorful flower bed

(For Release On Or After 10/10/14) October is a transitional month in Louisiana flower gardens. Many warm-season annuals finish up this month, and gardeners’ thoughts begin to turn to cool-season bedding plants for fall, winter and spring color.

Shift gears for fall lawn care
brown patch in lawn
(For Release On Or After 10/03/14) As the days shorten and temperatures gradually become cooler, it’s apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of year.
Antiginon – an easy vine to manage
(Video 9/29/14) Some vines can grow out of control, taking over everything. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Rose of the Montana or antiginon – a beautiful flowering vine that attracts wildlife and is easy to manage.
Mesa Gaillardia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 29, 2014
Mesa Yellow gaillardia
(Distributed 09/29/14) Mesa gaillardia has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for this fall. Also called blanket flowers, it is a native perennial that can be grown as an annual or a short-lived perennial in Louisiana.
Louisiana agriculture officials ask FAA for new rules for drones
(Distributed 09/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the process of changing rules and regulations regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. These changes are of concern to the agricultural interests in Louisiana, including the LSU AgCenter, because the agriculture community has embraced this new technology and found many valuable uses for it.
Celosia, ornamental peppers dress up fall gardens
arrabona red celosia
(Distributed 09/26/14) HAMMOND, La. – As we enter fall, many home gardeners consider adding new plants to dress up the landscape. Two great plants for fall are celosia, which some of us also call cockscomb, and ornamental peppers.
Early sweet potato harvest signals good year
potato digger
(Distributed 09/26/14) EVERGREEN, La. – The Louisiana sweet potato harvest has gotten underway, and early indications are this year’s crop will be good for growers.
AgCenter helps students prepare for culinary careers
Sidney McClendon
(Distributed 09/26/14) Marrero, La. – At-risk young people in the greater New Orleans area are gaining life skills from the LSU AgCenter in addition to culinary training provided by Café Hope, a farm-to-table restaurant.
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)