(09/21/18) A common misconception is that the type of fertilizer you choose to use is based strictly on the type of plant you are growing.
Home gardeners typically get along very well without delving too deeply into the science of horticulture. Genetics can be challenging.
We often hear Labor Day called the traditional end of summer, but we know, however, that our Louisiana summer season extends quite a while longer.
(08/31/18) In late summer it’s time to think about pruning our roses. Roses respond best when they receive two major prunings each year.
8/24/18) Growing plants in containers outdoors is popular for a variety of reasons.
(08/17/18) This time of year weedy vines can be a major issue.
(08/10/18) Every garden reference stresses how important it is to provide the proper light for different plants.
(07/27/18) Poison ivy is very abundant in urban, suburban and rural landscapes. Keep a sharp eye out for this plant.
(07/20/18) After a rainy period in summer, we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere.
(07/13/18) When planning a vacation, make arrangements to have someone take care of your plants.
(07/06/18) You can introduce your youngsters to the joys of gardening and at the same time exercise their bodies and brains.
(06/29/18) Using fertilizers properly is an important part of gardening, but it is almost never a matter of life and death.
(06/15//18) An outstanding new hydrangea called Limelight has been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection by the LSU AgCenter.
(06/08/18) Trees with problems can be a liability during storms or hurricanes.
(06/01/18) How often we need to water our landscapes depends on such factors as temperature, rainfall, humidity, season, plant material and light intensity.
(05/25/18) You’d think a vegetable with a name like yardlong bean would be incredibly productive — and you would be right..
(05/18/18) Proper watering can mean life or death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and bedding and vegetable transplants.
(05/11/18) Some heat-loving herbs can be planted now for summer production.
(05/04/18) Some of my favorite plants for summer color are caladiums. You won’t find a better plant for reliable color in areas that get some shade.
(04/27/18) Mulching is an easy-to-do, labor-saving gardening technique all gardeners should take advantage of.
(04/20/18) Now is an excellent time to plant warm-season bedding plants that will brighten your landscape all summer long.
(04/13/18) The LSU AgCenter has announced that Intenz Classic celosia has been designated a Louisiana Super Plants selection for spring 2018.
(03/30/18) If you are going to have a landscape with trees, a lawn, shrubs and flowers, maintenance is going to be involved.
(03/23/18) The cucumber family provides a wide variety of vegetables popular for the spring, summer and fall home vegetable garden.
(03/16/18) It’s not too early to begin to plan our summer flower gardens.
(03/09/18) It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in south Louisiana. North
(03/02/18) Scale insects are one of the more common groups of insects that attack plants. You may find them feeding on trees, shrubs and on indoor plants.
(02/23/18) Ground covers make great additions to Louisiana landscapes.
(02/16/18) February is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees, bushes or vines in your landscape.
(02/09/18) Early to mid-February is an excellent time to cut back repeat-flowering roses growing in your landscape.
(02/02/18) At this point, it’s time to assess the effects of the freezes on landscape plants and deal with the damage that has occurred.
(01/26/18) Now is an excellent time to consider adding roses to your landscape.
(01/19/18) Where a medium-to-large evergreen tree is desirable, the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) can be a wonderful choice.
(01/12/18) Many gardeners consider snails and slugs to be the most disgusting pests in the garden. I could live with their looks if they didn’t cause damage.
(01/05/18) Heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, place stresses on plants in our landscapes.
(12/29/17) The next few weeks are an important time for planting tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs that have been previously stored in your refrigerator.
(12/22/17) Louisiana winter landscapes look decidedly different from our landscapes in summer.
(12/15/17) Moth orchids are relatively easy to grow and are a good choice for a beginner’s first orchid.
(12/08/17) This time of the year, when we have brought container tropical plants inside for the winter, we need to be on the lookout for pest problems.
(12/01/17) We use a variety of decorative plants to dress up our homes during the holidays, including pointsettias, holiday cactuses and living Christmas trees.
(11/24/17) Louisiana gardeners can successfully grow a wide variety of culinary herbs.
(11//17/17) The evergreen sweetbay magnolia reliably retains its foliage during winter,
(11/10/17) There is an amazing selection of vegetables that can only be grown here during the cool season from October through May.
(11/03/17) November is a great time to remove summer bedding plants and add cool-season plants to your flower beds.
(10/27/17) If you want beautiful beds of daffodils, tulips or Dutch irises next spring, you should think about planting them now.
(10/20/17) In the South, the term “greens” refers to vegetables whose leaves are eaten when cooked until tender.
(10/13/17) A gardener’s job is to make sure, through proper bed preparation, that the soil provides what plants need to be healthy and strong.
(10/06/17) The LSU AgCenter has named Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia the Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2017.
(09/29/17) An amazing selection of vegetables can only be grown here during the cool season from October through April.
(09/22/17)You can almost always find some Louisiana wildflowers blooming throughout the year. But fall is when some of the most outstanding displays occur.
(09/15/17) September and early October are ideal for repotting tropical container plants that you have summered outdoors.
(09/08/17)Before they die, most bromeliads will send up pups that can be used to grow the next generation.
(09/01/17) Now is an excellent time to assess your landscape and begin to make plans for planting this fall.
(08/25/17) Knock Out roses are amazingly popular, and pruning them is not difficult.
(08/18/17) More different kinds of plants and products are available through mail-order than could ever be carried by our local nurseries.
(08/11/17) The Eastern mole can be considered “nuisance wildlife” almost any time it invades landscapes.
(08/04/17) August is a transitional time in the vegetable garden, and some of the more heat-tolerant cool-season vegetables crops can be planted now.
(07/28/17) During dry spells, we may need to provide supplemental irrigation to flower beds, shrubs, lawns and newly planted trees.
(07/21/17) Deadheading is an important but often neglected gardening technique. It refers to pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms.
(07/14/17) No other group of plants can be used to create the effects that vines do in the landscape.
(07/07/17) When it comes to vegetable gardening in Louisiana, gardeners should take advantage of our year-round growing season.
(06/30/17) The first things people plant in a new landscape – lawn and shade trees – may eventually not go together particularly well.
(06/23/17) Plants can be propagated in a variety of ways, but layering is often overlooked by gardeners who are unfamiliar with the technique.,
(06/16/17) Summer heat stresses many plants, and most roses are not especially happy during the extreme heat of mid- to late summer.
(06/09/17) Although we try to do the best we can to properly take care of our landscapes, we seem to commonly make a few mistakes.
(06/02/17) Now is a great time to study your landscape and develop plans for needed changes. Spend the summer refining your ideas.
(05/26/17) No other group of plants can provide more beauty, color and diversity than orchids.
(05/19/17) Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, flower, vegetables and ground covers.
(05/12/17) A lot of the stress and effort involved in gardening can be reduced by learning to cooperate with existing natural conditions.
(05/05/17) Summer bedding plants can quickly and economically help create the colorful landscape that so many gardeners crave.
(04/28/17) Harvesting at the right stage is essential to getting the best quality vegetables from your garden.
(04/21/17) SunPatiens (Impatiens hybrid) revolutionize how we use impatiens in the landscape.
(04/14/17)When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and durable.
(04/07/17) Henry’s Garnet Virginia willow is a native shrub that adapts very well to landscape cultivation and is reliable and easy to grow.
(03/31/17) Planting vegetables as early as possible helps ensure abundant production before the intense heat of midsummer.
(03/24/17) The initial step in deciding how to control a pest is to correctly identify the insect causing the damage.
(03/17/17) Ground covers will add beauty and interest to the home landscapes as well as reduce maintenance.
(03/10/17) More gardeners should know that herbs are easy to grow and can add flowers, fragrance and texture to the landscape.
(03/03/17) Many plants are excellent choices because they have proven records of thriving in our climate. But many other plants will not do well here.
(02/24/17) There is a need for people – particularly those with children and pets – to be aware that poisonous plants exist in our landscapes and our homes.
(02/17/17) Every year, Louisiana gardeners see amazingly beautiful beds of pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons and many others.
Gardeners are often faced with small spaces when landscaping.
(02/03/17) “Crape murder” is the term that has been coined to describe severely cutting back crape myrtle trees.
(01/27/17) Most roses need at least some annual pruning in the last week of January in south Louisiana through mid-February in north Louisiana.
(01/20/17) If you are considering planting a hedge, now is a great time to get it done.
(01/13/17) Container gardens provide a way to grow vegetables when suitable land is not available.
(01/06/17) What should be done for the landscape after a freezing episode is over? Here’s some general information on what to do and not do.
(12/30/16) The next few weeks are an important time for planting tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs.
(12/23/16) During this busy time of year when giving and receiving gifts are so much part of the season, it’s good to consider the gifts our gardens give us.
(12/16/16) Dormant-season sodding can be successful but it's a little riskier.
(12/09/16) Winter vegetable gardening in Louisiana is tremendously rewarding. Many of the vegetables that we planted earlier are ready to harvest.
(12/02/16) What we generally do with leaves that fall from deciduous tree this time of year is a shame.
(11/25/16) Our gardens are full of plant materials that can add unique beauty to holiday decorations.
(11/18/16) October to March is the prime season for planting hardy trees in Louisiana, and November through early December is an especially good time.
(11/11/16) There is more to flowers than meets the eye or the nose. You can eat many of them.
(11/04/16) Fall is an outstanding time to plant many of the hardy culinary herbs, and one of the most popular is parsley.
(10/28/16) Using weed killers or herbicides should be approached very carefully by the gardener.
(10/21/16) Pansies and violas are popular cool-season bedding plants used to beautify gardens in Louisiana.
(10/14/16) If you want to punch up the color level in your garden from late September to early December, here are some trees, shrubs and perennials to consider.