(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.