(Audio 10/26/15) When your leaves begin to drop in the fall, try using them as mulch for your plants or organic material for compost instead of throwing them away. If you choose to compost, allow the leaves to sit for six months to a year. Listen for more information on using fallen leaves this season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/26/15) It's time to begin winterizing your lawns by adding potassium to help them remain hardy through the cold weather. Although this process is optional, it can help your lawn remain healthy this winter. Listen for information on how to choose the right winterizer for your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/26/15) In the fall, Louisiana wildflowers put on a grand and colorful display for us. Be sure to look around and notice all of the beautiful flowers such as asters, sunflowers, and goldenrods. Listen for more information on Louisiana wildflowers in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/26/15) Summer storms and hurricanes can cause tree limbs to break and become hazards in your landscape. Be sure to look at your trees and call an arborist if any pruning or limb removal needs to be done. Listen for more information on tree care. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/26/15) There are several kinds of herbs that can be planted and will flourish during the cold season. Some of these hardy herbs include celery, cilantro, dill, and parsley. Listen for more information on planting herbs that will tolerate the cold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/19/15) Although growing broccoli is relatively easy, harvesting can sometimes be tricky. The size of the flower buds on the head can help gardeners determine when broccoli is ready for harvest. Listen for more information on this cool-season vegetable. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/19/15) Now is an great time to plant hardy fruit trees in your landscape. Apple, plum, blackberry, blueberry, and pecan trees are among the trees that flourish when planted in the fall. Listen for more information on adding fruit trees to your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/19/15) Now is a great time to add some hardy shrubs to your landscape. Consider planting such as roses, camellias, or azaleas. Listen for more information on planting hardy shrubs in your landscape this fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/19/15) Once caladiums have gone dormant, digging up their tubers and storing them over the winter can help ensure that they last their longest. Although it is possible for these tubers to survive in the ground, storing them provides a better chance of survival. Listen for more information on storing caladium tubers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/19/15) Although hydrangeas are deciduous, Louisiana gardeners love to use these plants because of their unique ability to change colors. Depending on the composition of the soil, these flowers can be anywhere from pink to blue. Listen for more information on colorful hydrangeas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 10/26/15) Fall means some nice colors on trees and plants in Louisiana. If you’re one who complains there’s not enough color, you can do something about it. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you some plants that can make your landscape or your patio burst with those warm fall shades of orange, red and gold. (Runtime: 01:40)
(Video 10/19/15) Now is a great time to plant hardy shrubs. Maybe one of the best-smelling of all those shrubs is the gardenia. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, if you want those great smells from nice, white flowers in the spring, you want to avoid pruning your gardenias at this time. (Runtime: 01:42)
(Audio 10/05/15) If you look around, you can easily find natural decorations that can be used around your house from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Leaves, seed pods and grass plumes are just a few nature-made decorations that can be used this cool season. Listen for more information on using natural decorations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/5/15) Drift roses, a Louisiana Super Plant selection for fall 2013, are nice low-growing and compact plants. They come in a variety of colors and are practically covered in flowers when they bloom. Listen for more information on planting Drift roses in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/05/15) Perennials are great plants that keep coming back and growing year after year. Although most of these plants are done blooming right now, don't remove them from your garden because they will come back next year. Listen for more information on growing perennials in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/05/15) Although lawn growth is beginning to slow down, the spread of disease is not. Watch your lawn for signs of brown patch, especially if your grass is St. Augustine. Listen for more information on how to treat brown patch in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/05/15) October is the time to focus on cool-season vegetables. Cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can be planted from transplants. Other crops such as radish, carrots, turnip greens and lettuce and be planted directly from seeds. Listen for more information on cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 10/12/15) Swiss chard is a cool-season vegetable that can provide colorful ornamentation to a landscape. And as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get it Growing, Swiss chard doesn’t only look good — every part of the plant also offers tasty nutrition. (Runtime: 01:55)
(Video 10/05/15) If you plant most cool-season bedding plants too early during this seasonal transition, they could be affected by lingering heat. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes a handful of cool-season plants that you can plant now because they don’t mind the heat. (Runtime: 01:52)
(For Release On 10/23/15) The seasons are changing, and we are entering a transitional period in the flower garden when warm-season bedding plants begin to fade and cool-season bedding plants are planted to provide fall, winter and spring color.
(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.