(Distributed 01/26/09) People who feel a sense of control over life’s events are often happier, cope better and are more resilient in times of stress than others, according to LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker. One of the best ways to take charge of your finances in today’s uncertain economy is to set a savings goal, Tucker says.
(Distributed 01/16/09) When the cost of heating your home gets uncomfortable, you can do a lot to control how much energy you use to stay warm, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel. The housing expert offers her top choices to save energy in a southern climate.
(Distributed 01/16/09) Three new roses representing three classes of roses are the 2009 All-America Rose Selections winners. The three are Pink Promise, a hybrid tea; Cinco de Mayo, a floribunda; and Carefree Spirit, a landscape shrub.
(Distributed 01/23/09) When it comes to home landscaping, many gardeners remain confused about how to create what they want. Efforts at landscaping can be disappointing despite spending a substantial amount of money. The important thing to remember is that developing an attractive, properly functioning landscape is best done using a process.
(Distributed 01/30/09) Growing roses in Louisiana has been a challenge for home gardeners, mainly because of diseases brought on by our environment. Heat and humidity adversely affect the many rose varieties we grow.
(Distributed 01/16/09) Whether you’re renovating an existing landscape or developing a new one, keep in mind the importance of soil pH and proper bed preparation. These two factors are essential for the success of your ornamental plants.
Social Security recipients may be one of the few groups with happy news during the recession. They started their New Year with their largest raise since 1982, a 5.8 percent increase. This cost of living adjustment (COLA) affects some 50 million Americans.
(Distributed 01/09/09) An important part of LSU AgCenter educational programs focuses on environmental issues. This includes teaching Louisiana gardeners that our yards and neighborhoods are channels to our waterways.