(Audio 05/28/07) A number of trees and shrubs we use in Louisiana landscapes tend to develop suckers at the base. Suckers are sprouts that come up on trees such as wax myrtles, crape myrtles and river birches. Pruning and treatment is important in controlling these suckers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/27/08) If you will be building or doing any sort of construction on land with existing trees, plan carefully to preserve the trees, if possible. Consulting with an arborist can determine which trees are healthy and how they can be protected. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/28/07) Irish potatoes are planted into the home garden around February in Louisiana. By the time we reach late May or early June, the potatoes usually are ready for harvest. And blooms may show up around harvest time. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/28/07) Most trees and shrubs in Louisiana should be planted during our cooler season, but palms should be planted during the heat of summer. The roots of palms only grow in warm soil. Just make sure the palms you plant are hardy for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/28/07) Vines are wonderful additions to our landscapes. They are beautiful climbing on a trellis or over an arbor. Annual vines are the ones that die at the end of their season, so if you are hesitant to use vines because you think they might get too wild, an annual vine will solve that problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/28/07) It is not as well known as its Chinese and Japanese counterparts, but there is a native wisteria vine found in Louisiana. It's called Wisteria frutescens, and it blooms about now (in late May). While the Chinese wisteria’s blooming is over in about two weeks – one big flash – the native wisteria has been in bloom at least a week or two and is going to continue to bloom for more than a month. (Runtime: 1 minute, 31 seconds)
(Audio 05/21/07) The most popular small flowering tree in Louisiana landscapes is the crape myrtle. Its long blooming season and its ability to grow under most Louisiana soil conditions make it a prized tree. Crape myrtles come in a variety of colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/21/07) Decorative ponds and aquatic gardens are popular in many home and commercial landscapes. One of the more common problems for these ponds is green water. Algae blooms can cause green water this time of the year. But submerged plants can help clear this up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/21/07) Cooked greens are a traditional part of Louisiana's cuisine, but it is difficult to get these vegetables to grow during the summer. There are some nontraditional greens cooks and gardeners can try this time of year, however. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/21/07) Summer-flowering bulbs grow and bloom between April and September. Many are native to tropical and subtropical areas, and they thrive in Louisiana's climate. These summer-flowering bulbs can vary in size, height and color – and in the amount of shade and moisture they can tolerate. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/21/07) Shrub roses are a category of roses that are really great for use in the landscape. What revolutionized this category was a cultivar called Knock Out. In this Get It Growing segment, LSU AgCenter hoticulturist Dan Gill also shows us other shrub roses that work well in Louisiana landscapes. (Runtime: 1 minute, 37 seconds)
(Audio 05/14/07) Black spot is the most destructive disease on roses in Louisiana. Cultivars of roses that are highly susceptible to black spot are difficult to grow here. You can control black spot by spraying your roses regularly – even before you see signs of the disease occurring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/14/07) Spanish moss does not hurt a tree it is growing in. You can see the moss turn green when it rains, because the rain is what provides nutrients for the moss. Since Spanish moss isn't drawing anything from the tree, if you like the way it looks in a tree, let it grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/14/07) Many of us have childhood memories of harvesting blackberries on roadsides. You also can grow blackberries in your home garden. Prune them after harvest, which comes this month, but prune only the canes that bore fruit this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/14/07) Now is a great time to evaluate flower beds. If you planted cool-season bedding plants, you probably are noticing those are starting to fade. Replace them with warm-season bedding plants to have color this summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/14/07) Many gardeners do a lot of planting in late winter and early spring. As we move into the heat of summer, it is important to water these new plants, because they do not have well-established root systems yet. In this segment, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill focuses on watering newly planted trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/14/07) May is a transitional month in Louisiana flower gardens. The wonderful cool-season bedding plants that provided so much color and beauty during the milder months of spring really begin to show the heat stress as the weather becomes warmer. (Runtime: 1 minute, 23 seconds)
(Video 05/07/07) Clematis vines produce huge beautiful flowers that could make any gardener want a vine in the yard. The vine can thrive during the spring in Louisiana, but once the intense heat of summer moves in, it will start to wilt and die. (Runtime: 1 minute, 25 seconds)
(Audio 05/07/07) Early May is a good time to do your final assessment for weed control in your lawn. The reason for doing it now is that the herbicides we use to control weeds in our lawns cannot be used once the daytime highs stay above 85 degrees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/07/07) Hydrangeas and gardenias bloom in May and are great shrubs for Louisiana. A unique aspect of both plants is that they set their flower buds in late summer. If you need to prune the shrubs, do so right after they finish flowering. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/07/07) Properly caring for a new lawn will give it a good start. New sod will need to be watered frequently since it has not established a good root system yet. Mow the lawn when needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/07/07) Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in the home vegetable garden, but they do have their share of disease problems. This time of the year buckeye rot could attack the lower cluster of fruit on a tomato plant. Mulch can help prevent that problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/07/07) Sod is turf grass that is grown in a field and then harvested by cutting thin strips. Using sod is the best way to establish a new lawn. It creates an instant lawn without the worry of birds eating the seeds or rain washing the seeds away. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 05/11/07) Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, vegetable transplants and ground covers during the summer. With their root systems still limited to a relatively small area of soil, they are especially vulnerable to drought stress.
(For Release On Or After 05/04/07) Successfully creating colorful flower beds and container plantings for summer depends a lot on which plants you choose. Fortunately, we have many attractive and colorful heat-tolerant plants to do the job.
(For Release On Or After 05/25/07) You can recycle yard waste back into the landscape through the process of composting, which benefits your gardens, your budget and the environment. Returning these organic materials to the garden maintains natural biological cycles and is an ecologically sensible means of recycling organic waste.
(For Release On Or After 05/18/07) We generally are interested in something to eat when we grow vegetables. In some cases, however, certain vegetable cultivars have been bred and selected for their ornamental characteristics rather than food quality.
(For Release On Or After 06/22/07) There is still time to add colorful bedding plants to your landscape, but it’s important for you to choose plants that are able to thrive in the intense heat of a Louisiana summer.
(For Release On Or After 06/08/07) One of the most popular summer bedding plants is the periwinkle or vinca. Known for its prolific and long blooming season, it is heat- and drought-tolerant and thrives in our climate.
(For Release On Or After 06/15/07) Adequate moisture is critically important to landscape plants during hot weather, but too much rain or excessive watering also can bring problems. Wet soil combined with high temperatures can create stressful conditions for bedding plants, vegetables, shrubs and even trees – especially those just planted this year.
(For Release On Or After 06/01/07) June marks the beginning of hurricane season, and it’s important to understand powerful hurricanes can affect the entire state – not just the southern portions. As you make your plans, remember there are things that need to be done to prepare a landscape for the possibility of storm and things to do when a storm threatens.
(For Release On Or After 06/29/07) The heat is on, and we can expect daytime highs around 90 or above and nighttime lows in the 70s from now until September.Trees that shade the house during the summer can lower air-conditioning bills by blocking the sun from the windows, exterior walls and roof.