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Use ground covers to fill bare spots
Ground Covers

(Video 1/31/11) You may have bare spots in your landscape and don’t know what to grow there. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests considering different types of ground covers. (Runtime 1:42)

What to do with Christmas plants

(Video 1/3/11) After the Christmas holidays are over, you may wonder what to do with the various seasonal plants you’ve used to decorate your home. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers advice on which plants you should keep and which ones to throw out. (Runtime: 1:43)

Holly plants are great evergreens to put in landscape now

(Video 1/10/11) Although evergreen holly plants have been part of Christmas holiday celebrations for centuries, you actually can enjoy them throughout the year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends a few holly plants you can put into your landscapes now. (Runtime: 1:43)

Freeze-damaged tropical plants will need pruning
(Audio 01/31/11) By this point in the winter season, most tropical plants have sustained freeze damage. You can prune herbaceous tropicals as soon as the damage occurs. Wait to prune woody tropicals until new spring growth appears. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Plant Irish potatoes During February
(Audio 01/31/11) Irish potatoes are easy to grow and can be very productive in the home vegetable garden. They need a well-prepared bed and full sun. It's best to use seed potatoes from a nursery or garden center. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant new vegetables in your garden during February
(Audio 01/31/11) The first signs of spring usually aren't seen until a little later, but vegetable gardeners can still plant cool-season vegetables now. Root crops and leafy vegetables can be planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spider mites can thrive on houseplants
(Audio 01/31/11) Plants growing indoors can be prone to pest problems. Spider mites are tiny pests that can thrive on houseplants. Know the symptoms of spider mites and how to control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare roses for blooming period
(Audio 01/31/11) In Louisiana, roses have two flowering periods. To prepare our roses for their early blooming season, prune them back in early February. Keep their height and shape in mind. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Late winter is best time to plant camellias
(Audio 01/24/11) January is a great month to plant camellias. Gardeners can see the camellias in bloom now and decide what type they like best. Camellias need morning sun, afternoon shade and well-drained, acidic soil. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses in late winter
(Audio 01/24/11) In Louisiana, gardeners prune everblooming roses in late January or early February. Roses can be pruned to reduce size, improve shape and remove old canes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardeners should watch for winter pests
(Audio 01/24/11) Winter vegetable gardens don't have as many pest problems as summer gardens, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. Pests that remain active during the cold months include caterpillars, aphids, snails and slugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dormant plants don't need fertilizer
(Audio 01/24/12) Fertilizers are a tool gardeners use to provide nutrients to plants. While plants are dormant, fertilizer isn't necessary. But plants in active growth this time of year, such as cool-season bedding plants, need fertilizer now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mealy bugs can cause problems on houseplants
(Audio 01/24/11) Mealy bugs are small sucking insects that feed on plants. They can be a major problem on houseplants. Look for cottony masses on the undersides of leaves. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hardwood cuttings are easy way to propagate plants
(Audio 01/17/11) A popular way to propagate plants is to use a cutting -- a piece of a plant used to make a new plant. Some plants are easily propagated from hardwood cuttings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)