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   Get It Growing
 Home>News Archive>2012>March>Get It Growing>
Draping your landscape with Spanish moss
Spanish Moss

(Video 03/26/12) Spring is a time that conjures images of the pinks and purples of azaleas. Well, in this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how one misunderstood plant -- that happens to be gray -- can provide a striking enhancement to azaleas and trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 1:29)

Plant some pretty petunias
Petunias

(Video 03/19/12) Are you ready for some brilliant colors? Well, you’ve got them with petunias. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that it’s important to plant those pretty petunias right now.(Runtime: 1:30)

Banana shrub provides nice fragrance
Banana Shrubs

(Video 03/12/12) During the spring, it’s a great idea to stop and smell the flowers. And in this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the banana shrub might be one of the perfect plants to perk up those olfactory senses. (Runtime: 1:31)

Service lawn mowers at beginning of spring
(Audio 03/26/12) Lawns are waking up across the state, and it's time to take our mowers out. This is a good time to have your lawn mower serviced - have it checked out, have blades sharpened to make sure everything is in good working order. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Plant roses before they start blooming
(Audio 03/26/12) Gardeners often wait until roses are in bloom to go to the nursery and buy them. Planting them while they are blooming is stressful to the plant. Plant them earlier to get the best results. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soil additive can change hydrangea color
(Audio 03/26/12) Hydrangeas are popular shrubs for shady areas. These plants are deciduous and soon will be sending out new leaves. You can manipulate the color of your hydrangeas by adding lime or aluminum sulfate, depending on what color you want, to the soil now and again in October. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for thrips on spring roses
(Audio 03/26/12) Thrips are tiny insects that invade the flower buds of roses and feed on the petals, causing damage. Controlling them is difficult because they are inside the flower, but there are two insecticides that can control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spring care of tropical plants
(Audio 03/26/12) Louisiana gardeners across the state use tropical plants in their landscapes. They may not look their best right now. You can trim them back, but if you are considering new tropical plants, wait until April or May to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead flowers to keep plants attractive
(Audio 03/19/12) Deadhead is an odd term gardeners use to talk about removing faded flowers from plants. This helps the plant look neat and can encourage additional flowering. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare for buck moth caterpillars
(Audio 03/19/12) The buck moth caterpillar, typically found on live oaks, has black stinging spines on its body. Usually by late March you can see caterpillar masses in trees. If you've had problems with them in the past, consider having your trees sprayed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider inspecting trees before buying house
(Audio 03/19/12) Buyers typically have a home inspected before the purchase. It is a good idea to have an arborist inspect the trees on the property as well. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
General-purpose fertilizer can work for most plants
(Audio 03/19/12) Your local nursery or garden center probably stocks many different types of fertilizers. You don't need a different fertilizer for each plant. A general-purpose fertilizer will work for most plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fruit trees should be on regular spray schedule
(Audio 03/19/12) When it comes to spraying fruit trees, it's important to remember this has to be done preventively. Start a spray program well before problems show up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose correct transitional-season plants
Transitional Plants
(Video 3/5/12) Now is a transitional time for plants. So when you visit your nursery, it’s important to ask some questions. Is this plant a cool-season annual, a warm-season annual, or is it a perennial? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime: 1:36)