(Audio 01/29/07) Ground covers are wonderful low-growing, spreading plants. They work well in areas where grass won't grow, like under trees. These plants are hardy in the winter, and this is a good time to plant ground covers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/29/07) Even though Louisiana gardeners can plant year-round, most gardeners get the gardening bug in the spring. Now is a great time to get beds prepared for spring planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/29/07) Most roses need to be pruned every year. Pruning is important on roses such as hybrid teas and grandifloras, and late January is the best time to prune your roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/29/07) Plants utilize light to create the food they need to live and grow. When we grow plants indoors, light is very limited. But you can improve the light an indoor plant gets by making a few adjustments. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/29/07) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill frequently talks about how to grow flowers, but this time he's talking about how to preserve some of those wonderful flowers you grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/29/07) Plants can add so much to our indoor environment. They create a wonderful atmosphere and even help freshen the air inside our homes. Since the weather is cold outside, you can get some gardening done by adding plants inside your house. (Runtime: 1 minute, 31 seconds)
(Audio 01/22/07) Most of the plants we use in our landscapes are hardy, but tropical plants are popular in Louisiana. Many tropicals will survive freezes, although they will have some damage. When to prune the damage depends on what type of tropical you have. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/22/07) Winter vegetable gardens have far fewer insects and disease problems than summer vegetable gardens, but there are still some pests out there. Caterpillars, scale insects and slugs can be common this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/22/07) Now is a great time to purchase and plant camellias. There are not many plants that are in full bloom during their proper planting time, but camellias are one of those plants. You can choose the camellia variety that has the shape and color flowers that you like. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/22/07) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says he often gets questions about watering indoor plants. Watering them too much or not enough both can be problematic for the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/22/07) Mealy bugs are small white insects that suck on the leaves of plants. If you notice small cottony spots on your indoor plants, you probably have an infestation of mealy bugs. A plant can tolerate a small population, but as the population grows, the plant will become sick and weakened. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/22/07) An attractive way to display plants is to grow them in hanging baskets. Hanging baskets are wonderful because they are positioned right at eye level where you really can appreciate the detail of the plant. (Runtime: 1 minute, 19 seconds)
(Audio 01/15/07) Winter is a great time to prune a variety of plants in our landscapes. Do not, however, prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs. But you can prune summer-flowering trees and shrubs. Remember, pruning is optional. Only prune if a plant needs it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/15/07) This is a great time to plant Irish potatoes in our vegetable gardens. Buy whole potatoes from local nurseries to cut up and plant. If you plant them soon, they will be ready to harvest in late April or early May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/15/07) There are a number of plants in our landscapes that we can propagate with hardwood cuttings. These cuttings are taken during mid-to-late winter. Some of the plants you can propagate using this technique are roses and figs.
(Audio 01/15/07) Beets are a wonderful root crop that grow well in our vegetable gardens. Beets are grown from seed, and this is the time to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/15/07) Louisiana celebrates Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. This a great time to plant a tree in your landscape. Trees provide many benefits such as providing shade, serving as wildlife habitat and helping to clean the air. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/15/07) Acuba japonica is a tropical-looking plant that thrives in Louisiana’s climate and is not bothered by winter temperatures. It is commonly called acuba or gold dust plant because of the wonderful gold speckling on it. (Runtime: 1 minute, 25 seconds)
(Audio 01/08/07) Houseplants add a lot to our indoor environment and decor, but the containers they are grown in can confine a plant's root system. As a plant grows larger, its root system will outgrow the container, and it will be time to repot the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/08/07) In the North, plants such as foxgloves and holly hocks are perennials, but here in Louisiana, they are cool-season annuals. Find these plants at your local nursery as soon as you can, and buy them before they bloom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/08/07) Many Louisiana gardeners overseed their permanent lawn grasses with ryegrass. You can enjoy a beautiful green lawn all winter, but one of the drawbacks is you still have to care for it. With lots of rain, it will be necessary to mow more often. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/08/07) One of the most reliable fall-blooming azaleas is the Fashion azalea. It produces wonderful coral-colored flowers. During the winter it stops blooming, but it blooms heavily again in the spring. A benefit of this plant is that its foliage changes dramatically once the cold weather moves in. (Runtime: 1minute, 22 seconds)
(Audio 01/08/07) Parsley is an easy herb to grow. We can grow two different types: flat-leaf and curly-leaf parsley. Flat-leaf is more flavorful, but curly-leaf is more attractive in the home garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/08/07) Three of the most popular plants we grow in our vegetable gardens are tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Many gardeners buy transplants of these plants in late March or early April. But you can grow them from seeds now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/01/07) If you’re looking for a native Louisiana shrub that’s great for privacy screening, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends the wax myrtle. It's a large shrub that is very tolerant of poorly drained areas. (Runtime: 1 minute, 22 seconds)
(Distributed 01/25/07) February is American Heart Month. Women throughout America are again asked to "Go Red for Women" by wearing red to raise awareness of heart disease, women’s No. 1 killer. The American Heart Association’s campaign is a call for women to take charge of their heart health.
(Distributed 01/24/07) Brace yourself – tax season is upon us. When it comes to getting ready to file your income tax return, remember the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared. That's the advice of LSU AgCenter family economics professor Dr. Jeanette Tucker.
(Distributed 01/24/07) New this year, U.S. citizens entitled to a tax refund can have their money direct-deposited in up to three different accounts. By using Form 8888, taxpayers can direct refunds to one, two or three accounts, such as checking, health savings and retirement, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker.
(For Release On Or After 01/26/07) Now is an excellent time to consider adding roses to your landscape, so you can enjoy the beautiful blooms this summer. Before you go to the nursery, however, it’s important to think about the type of roses you want to grow so that you make the proper selections.
(Distributed 01/10/07) With the start of the new year comes the announcement of the All-America Rose Selections. AARS winners for 2007 are Rainbow Knock Out, Moondance and Strike It Rich.
Rake fallen leaves and use for mulch or compost
(Distributed 01/08/07) Owners of compact utility tractors can choose among three types of rear tires and at least five types for the front. The different types of tires serve different purposes, says Dr. Dick Parish, an engineer at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.
(For Release On Or After 01/19/07) We are fortunate indeed to live in a state where the mild winter climate allows us to grow camellias in our landscapes. The dark-green, shiny, evergreen foliage alone is a beautiful addition to our landscapes. Then, during winter, we are rewarded with a fantastic floral display.
(For Release On Or After 01/05/07) Gardeners are always looking for reliable new plants they can try. When it comes to bedding plants and vegetables, the All-America Selection Winners generally are considered good choices, and four of those have been named for 2007.
(Distributed 01/12/07) Holy premium Batman! Who has the greatest need for life insurance – Batman, Spiderman, Fred Flintstone, Harry Potter or Marge Simpson? "How would you respond?" asks LSU AgCenter family economics professor Dr. Jeanette Tucker.
(For Release On Or After 01/12/07) The third Friday in January is Arbor Day in Louisiana, which this year falls on Jan. 19. It’s a day we set aside to celebrate and appreciate the role living trees play in improving our lives and our environment, and many people plant trees to celebrate the occasion.
(Distributed 01/31/07) The LSU AgCenter and its St. Tammany Master Gardener Association will present the Northshore Garden Show March 17-18 at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington.
(Distributed 01/11/07) Nutrition researchers in the LSU AgCenter believe a form of starch may have a greater effect on metabolism and fat deposition than other types of dietary fiber. The LSU AgCenter research team has shown that fermentation of natural resistant starch in the large intestine is an important and previously underestimated mechanism in weight management.
(Distributed 01/25/07) The new 13-member Louisiana Rice Research Board took the oath of office in mid-January. The board oversees the use of check-off funds from rice farmers, which are used for research and have funded approximately $1 million in work annually through the LSU AgCenter the past several years.
(Distributed 01/02/07) A variety of insecticides being tested by LSU AgCenter researchers show promise for helping Louisiana rice growers get rid of their No. 1 insect pest – the rice water weevil.
(Distributed 01/04/07) A continuous supply of new rice varieties is crucial to the survival of the industry in Louisiana as old varieties become susceptible to disease or just plain lose their production spunk with age. To keep new varieties on the market is a major priority of the LSU AgCenter’s rice breeding program.
(Distributed 01/17/07) Will Southwest Louisiana farmers benefit from a shift of rice acreage in other farm regions to corn, sorghum, wheat and soybeans? The possibilities of such a scenario were detailed by LSU AgCenter experts in a series of meetings for rice farmers held in Southwest Louisiana during early January.
(Distributed 01/25/07) With last year’s state yield record and good prices, Louisiana soybean farmers seem eager to get their 2007 crop planted. During a recent meeting of the Louisiana Soybean Association at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research, Extension and Livestock Facility near Alexandria, AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. David Lanclos recalled that the approach to the 2006 crop was not as optimistic.
(Distributed 01/26/07) Thousands of Louisiana youngsters will gather in South Louisiana Feb. 10-17 as they compete in the 72nd annual LSU AgCenter Spring Livestock. Approximately 1,500 4-H and FFA members are expected to bring about 4,500 animals to the state show, which will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
(Distributed 01/22/07) Louisiana consumers begin looking forward to crawfish almost as soon as the holidays end. Some producers already are harvesting, and it looks like 2007 will be a good year for crawfish, according to an LSU AgCenter expert.
(Distributed 01/05/07) This year’s group of Louisiana Master Cattle Producers will be among those recognized next week when producers from across the state gather in Alexandria.
(Distributed 01/23/07) With the 2007 farm bill on the horizon, speakers at the 2007 AgOutlook conference in Baton Rouge talked about issues the new bill may involve as it makes its way through Congress this year. About 200 members of the Louisiana agricultural community met in the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus Tuesday (Jan. 23) to hear experts provide their views on what might happen.
(Distributed 01/26/07) Cattle producers are nervous about the upcoming year because the possibility of corn prices exceeding $5 a bushel could mean higher prices for livestock feed. An LSU AgCenter economist recently advised, however, that those fears could be based on some assumptions that may not develop into realities.
(Distributed 01/23/07) The Louisiana Equine Council is planning its first Equine Expo for March 9-11 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The event will include lectures, riding and training demonstrations, several competitions, a trade show, a parade of breeds and many other activities, according to LSU AgCenter specialist Dr. Clint Depew.
(Distributed 01/05/07) Even with freezes and rain in early and mid-December, Louisiana’s sugarcane harvest was shaping up to be one of the best in years. Then more rain came, and what could have been an excellent year quickly turned into just an average one.
(Distributed 01/31/07) The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station is inviting the public to stroll through its camellia gardens. The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the Hammond Station is set for 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Feb. 11.
(Distributed 01/05/07) Louisiana residents have another source of information on the Louisiana Road Home program – their parish LSU AgCenter Extension offices. LSU AgCenter Extension agents around the state participated in an orientation meeting with representatives of the Road Home Thursday (Jan. 4).
(Distributed 01/25/07) Two LSU AgCenter faculty members recently were named to short-term, part-time administrative positions in the AgCenter. Dr. Jim Griffin is assistant to the director for plant sciences in the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dr. Bobby Fletcher is assistant to the director for special programs in the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
(Distributed 01/17/07) The LSU AgCenter will offer forestry forums in the coming weeks to help those in the industry keep up with the latest technological advances, forestry issues and other vital information. The forums will be held Jan. 30 at Woodworth, March 8 in Shreveport and March 23 in Hammond.
(For Release On Or After 02/23/07) Horticulturists don’t often discuss the fact that many of the plants we grow as ornamentals are considered poisonous. After all, cases of people eating poisonous plants are relatively rare, and there is no need to cause the public undue alarm. But there is a need for people – particularly those with children – to be aware that poisonous plants exist in our landscapes and inside our homes and to know how to deal with the situation.
(For Release On Or After 02/02/07) Most roses will benefit from some pruning now, and some types must be pruned to perform the way we want them to. Hybrid tea and grandiflora roses, in particular, should be pruned every year during the first or second week in February.
(For Release On Or After 02/09/07) When you finally reach the "been there, done that" stage with the cycle of planting annuals, you might consider that perennials offer exciting challenges and great fun. February is a good time to transplant or divide perennials already in your landscape, and now through April is an excellent time to plant new perennials.
(For Release On Or After 02/16/07) Now is an appropriate time to prune summer-flowering trees and shrubs, but you should take care to make sure you do it right. Especially in the case of trees, pruning should generally be done to enhance their natural shape while correcting any problems.