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Choosing Plants for the Shade
Shade Garden Plants

(Video 8/13/12) It seems there’s no escape outside from the hot temperatures – except for the shade. So on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests doing some work in your shade garden. He offers some tips for properly selecting and growing shade plants. (Runtime 1:26)

Fountains create illusions of coolness

(Video 8/20/12) Plants certainly make a garden special, but non-living items can help with overall effect. On this segment of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can use fountains to create illusions of coolness, even during the intense summer heat. (Runtime: 1:48)

Crape myrtles come in different colors and sizes
Crape Myrtle

(Video 08/06/12) Crape myrtles are blooming colorfully across Louisiana right now. If you want to add them to your yard, it’s a good time to view the different colors available at your local nursery. But it’s also important to do your own research on crape myrtles for your landscape – as LSU horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime - 1:36)

Still time to plant palms

(Video 8/27/12) It’s still hot, but some plants like it that way. Tropicals, like palm plants, love the muggy, humid conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill advises doing research for the type of palms that suit your needs and then getting those plants in the ground very soon. (Runtime: 1:52)

Avoid mold hazards in your flooded home
(Distributed 08/31/12) In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac some flood-damaged home will require special attention to avoid or correct a mold population explosion, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel.
Sugarcane gets hit, but sweet potatoes and rice dodge major storm damage
lodged sugarcane
(Distributed 08/31/12) The extent of damage to many of Louisiana’s crops depends on what happens over the next few weeks, say LSU AgCenter specialists.
Prevent further damage to your flooded home, health
(Distributed 08/31/12) If your home flooded after Hurricane Isaac there are several things you need to know in order to protect your home and your health.
You can plant roses in late summer, fall
Drift Coral rose
(Distributed 08/31/12) You may not think of late summer and fall as a time for rose gardening. Sometimes, however, roses will actually establish better when planted in fall than when planted in late winter through early spring.
Farmers’ eyes on Isaac as potential record-setting crops come under threat
(Distributed 08/27/12) Hurricane Isaac could wreck what was shaping up to be an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture. The storm threatens corn, cotton, sugarcane and soybeans.
LSU AgCenter has information for before and after the storm
(Distributed 08/27/12) With Tropical Storm Isaac making its approach, now is the time to visit the LSU AgCenter website at LSU to determine what information is available to help in these critical hours.
Blueberry grant provides needed information
(Distributed 08/24/12) The LSU AgCenter and several other universities have used funds from a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a website for people interested or involved in blueberry production.
Consider bald cypress for your landscape
bald cypress
(Distributed 08/24/12) Louisiana’s state tree is the bald cypress. Its scientific name is Taxodium distichum. Bald cypress is one of our most distinguished native trees and is widely found in Louisiana landscapes.
Cargill donates to AgCenter alligator research
Cargill donation
(Distributed 8/24/12) Representatives from the Cargill-U.S. Aquaculture division presented the LSU AgCenter with a $47,306 check on Aug. 22 to help finance alligator research at the Aquaculture Research Station in Baton Rouge.
Biofuels field day set for Oct. 2
(Radio News 08/23/12) The LSU AgCenter’s research on energy cane and sweet sorghum will be on display at a biofuels field day Oct. 2 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Station Sugarcane Research Farm near Houma. LSU AgCenter crop specialist John Kruse said these crops will be displayed under different production scenerios. (Runtime: 1:05)