(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.
(10/07/16) Harvesting properly and at the right time is critical to getting the best quality vegetables from your garden.
(09/30/16) Lawn care definitely changes as the weather begins to cool. By October, the growth of warm-season grasses begins to slow down.
(09/23/16) Louisiana irises can be divided and transplanted anytime from August through early October.
(09/16/16) Birds can contribute wonderful things to the enjoyment of a landscape, such as movement, color, sounds and even pest control.
(09/09/16) For those of us living in the Deep South, it would be wishful thinking to think fall weather is a certainty in September.
(09/02/16) It’s time to finish up fertilizing a variety of landscape plants as well as time to prune many shrubs.
(08/19/16) Be on the lookout for pests such as lace bugs, aphids, leaf hoppers, scales, spider mites and whiteflies.
(08/12/16) August is a month when gardeners should think about two important aspects of landscape maintenance – fertilizing and pruning.
(08/05/16) If you maintain a landscape, you deal with weeds.
(07/29/16) Native plants are not used as much as they could be in our landscapes.
(07/21/16) When you think of shade trees in your landscape, you most likely focus on the shade they create outside.
(07/15/16) In Louisiana we’ve been gardening in the tropical style as long as anyone can remember.
(07/08/16) Whether we admit it or not, heat and humidity this time of year make gardening outside less enjoyable.
(07/01/16) In our mild climate, snails and slugs are active and cause damage virtually year-round.
(06/24/16) Although summer can take a toll on landscape plants, especially those planted in the past year or so, most plants manage to make it.
(06/17/16) Fire ants inflict painful stings and create unsightly mounds in our landscapes, so most of us would be happier if there were no fire ants around.
(06/10/16) It’s not too late to add colorful bedding plants to your landscape, but it’s important to choose plants that are able to thrive in the intense heat.
(06/03/16) Trees with problems can be a liability during storms or hurricanes.
(05/27/16) While tomato harvest typically extends into July, high temperatures, diseases and insect problems often reduce the quality of tomatoes harvested.
(05/20/16) A number of misconceptions surround how we prepare soils for planting. Sometimes the advice may sound reasonable, but it may really not be correct.
(05/12/16) When choosing palms, hardiness is a major concern, particularly in north Louisiana.
(05/06/16) The LSU AgCenter has named Serenita Raspberry angelonia a Louisiana Super Plants selection for spring 2016.
(04/25/16) Small children require careful attention outdoors.
Evolution salvia has been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring 2016.
(For 04/15/16) The more thought you put into your planting decisions, the more satisfactory the results are likely to be.
The cucumber family, properly known as the Cucurbitaceae, provides a wide variety of vegetables.
To grow fresh, flavorful, vine-ripened tomatoes in your garden, you need to get them planted by the middle of April.
A backyard garden wouldn’t be complete without a few pepper plants – hot and sweet – to pick from.
Corn harvested from the home garden and cooked within minutes is considered one of life’s great treats
The condition and type of soil in which you garden has a profound effect on the health and growth of your plants.
One of the more beautiful of our early spring-flowering trees is the Japanese magnolia.
(For Release On 10/30/15) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their outdoor container tropical plants. These beautiful plants, grown for their attractive foliage or beautiful flowers, are commonly placed outside for the summer where they provide a valuable addition to decks, patios and porches. However, these plants will not withstand freezing temperatures and must be brought inside the house for the winter.
(For Release On 10/16/15) Cooler mornings in October make it a joy to get out and work in the home vegetable garden. A number of delicious and nutritious vegetables will thrive in the coming cool season. Indeed, some of our favorite vegetables can only be grown in October through April in Louisiana.
(For Release On 10/02/15) Louisiana gardeners have long been familiar with verbenas. These generally low-growing plants produce clusters of showy flowers in a wide variety of colors. Homestead Purple verbena is considered one of the very best, and it has been selected as a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2015.
(For Release On 10/09/15) We are entering the prime planting season for hardy trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials in Louisiana, which runs through early March. That makes this a great time for planning landscaping projects.
(For Release On 09/18/15) Gardeners use the term “volunteer” to describe the seedling of a desirable plant that appears in a garden without having been planted. They can be the offspring of trees and shrubs, but they’re most often the result of seeds dropped by annuals or perennials grown previously.
(For Release On 09/25/15) Many summer-blooming annuals, perennials and vegetables are setting seeds now. You can harvest some of the seeds, store them and then grow a new crop of plants for your garden next year.
(For Release On 09/04/15) For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September. But days in the 90s are still not uncommon, and after a long, hot summer, these last scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.
(For Release On 09/11/15) One of the most common questions I receive from gardeners is, “What kind of fertilizer should I use?” These gardeners generally assume there must be an easy answer for this if they just tell me what kind of plant they’re growing.
(For Release On 08/28/15) One of my favorite native plants is the Louisiana iris. When these plants bloom in the spring, their flowers are among the most colorful and beautiful to be found in Louisiana gardens. This time of the year, however, they may need some attention.
(For Release On 08/21/15) Successfully growing houseplants starts with understanding their needs. Primary among these is light. Light is the energy plants use to create their food. You cannot grow a plant where there is not enough light, no matter how good it looks in the location.
(For Release On 08/14/15) I live in an area that is rural transitioning into suburban. In many areas of the state, developers are building more and more new subdivisions in areas that were once wooded or open fields. People moving to these new subdivisions from more urban areas are often startled to encounter wildlife they never saw in the cities.
(For Release On 08/07/15) August is a transitional time in the vegetable garden. While cool-season planting begins in earnest next month, some of the more heat-tolerant cool-season vegetables, such as the cole crops, can be planted into the garden now.