Horticulture Articles with information for keeping your plants, vegetables, and lawns healthy.
The forest products industry contributes to each Parish economy in a number of ways ranging from jobs, wages, and purchases in local economies.
The third Friday in January is Louisiana's state arbor day, now is a good time to plant trees. The same is true for shrubs and many other perennials.
One of the most common insect pests of citrus trees is the citrus leaf-miner. It is a tiny maggot larva that mines its way through the inside of a leaf feeding on the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf at the same time.
Introduction of "bark lice" and how they are beneficial to your trees.
The volunteer aspect of the Master Gardener program allows individuals to dedicate their time and talents to help educate the public on best management practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. Master Gardener volunteers play an important role in reaching the consumer horticulture audience and learn quickly that being a Master Gardener volunteer provides a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.
The most important factor to keeping your Christmas tree looking attractive is providing it with plenty of water at all times. No additives are needed, just fresh water.
Mushrooms come in an array of shapes, sizes and colors. They are actually the reproductive structures of fungi and are sometimes referred to as “fruiting bodies”. Their role is to produce spores and release them into the environment.
Selecting bedding plants that will last through summer and into the fall can save you time and money.
Mirlitons are a member of the cucurbit family. These tasty plants have been grown in Louisiana for years.
Mulch applied to flower beds, vegetable gardens and around trees and shrubs decreases pressure from unwanted weeds.
Trees and shrubs in our home landscape will need pruning at some point during their lifetime. Pruning to create a more attractive or useful plant can also be accomplished.
Between all the hustle and bustle of the holidays do not forget about your cool season vegetables, planted in late summer and early fall.
The ability of fire ants to move and establish new colonies makes them extremely difficult to control. While eradication of the fire ant is unlikely, populations can be managed with the correct application of pesticides.
Knock Out Roses have become a popular addition to the home landscape over the past ten years.
Fig trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow. Newly planted trees may take three to five years to produce mature fruit.
Complete azalea pruning no later than the Fourth of July. Pruning after the Fourth increases the chance of removing next year's flower buds.
Before applying any herbicide to your lawn identify the weeds present and determine the type of control needed.
Traditionally thought of as a shade loving annual, new varieties of coleus have been developed to preform well in full sun.
Whether hybrids or heirlooms, big or small, bright red or deep purple, there is a tomato out there to fit every gardeners fancy.
By applying the correct amount of fertilizer at the proper time of year homeowners can produce a high quality citrus crop.
During summer months Ladybugs are a welcome sight in gardens, preying on aphids, whiteflies and other soft bodied insects. However, during the fall and winter months ladybugs become a nuisance to many.
Certificates were awarded to 15 new graduates on November 15, 2012 in recognition of completing 52 hours of course work toward certification as a Louisiana Master Gardener.
Each year, crape myrtles are pruned improperly, resulting in what those in the horticulture business refere to as "crape murder."
The most important step before planting is to select the right tree for the right location. To create the perfect planting hole dig the hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root ball.
Chrysanthemums, more commonly known as mums, are a favorite flower this time of year. They provide the perfect pop of color to any fall landscape.
Selecting the right arborist to do the work you need requires some consideration. LDAF recommends that you ask to see an arborist license and proof of insurance before hiring an individual or company. LDAF will provide regulatory oversight of this work should there be any problems or complaints.
Soil preparation is important for fall gardens. Clean the bed of all weeds and any finished plants. Turn the soil with a shovel, fork or mechanical tiller to a depth of at least 8 inches.
To build a dense, healthy lawn, avoid removing more than the top one-third of the leaf blade when mowing.
Fall webworm has already been spotted in South Louisiana in St. John the Baptist Parish. Fall webworms are caterpillars that create irregular shaped silk webs in a variety of trees.
If you are wanting to improve your landscaping including planting trees, flowers, shrubs or even a garden, most of the information needed to do these things can be found at the LSU AgCenter's website for free.
The leaf-footed plant bug may be attacking your citrus trees. This bug is attracted to citrus, especially satsumas, when they begin turning orange.
Some of our favorite vegetables can only be grown in Louisiana from October through April. Here are recommendations for what vegetables to plant and how to plant them.
Your outdoor container plants have likely outgrown their pots and have become pot-bound. September and early October are ideal times for repotting tropical container plants that have lived indoors during the summer.
How to identify brown patch disease in your lawn and how to treat it.
The pecan tree is prevalent in Louisiana as a shade tree in the landscape and also as a source of nuts for home use. Learn what variety of tree to plant and how to store pecans, shelled and unshelled.
The symptoms include scarring, drying, hardened, pitted sections of the fruit, sometimes affecting almost half of the surface of the fruit. Some of the fruit may even have lesions or scabs about the size of a nickel on the surface of the fruit.
Remember to follow the recommedations from your soil test when fertilizing and liming your plot. When the seedbed is ready to plant you need to decide what plants you want to plant.
With fall fast approaching it is time for deer managers and hunters to start working on their deer food plots. Presently female deer, does, are dropping and raising their fawns while the bucks are growing their antlers.
Most vegetables that were planted in the spring can be planted again in August or September. Learn more here.
How to water plants effectively while saving money on your water bill.
Tips on how to repair lawns damaged by drought.
Most vegetable crops are fast growing plants with lush vegetation and high nitrogen requirement. Coupled with the extreme mobility of nitrogen in the soil, it is necessary to split applications of the nutrient on most vegetable crops into a pre-planting application and one or two post-planting fertilizations known as "side dressings."
Tips on how to determine the causes of lawn damage and how to remedy the damage.
This article give information on how to control johnsongrass in sugarcane.
Included is the table taken from the 2011 Sugarcane Weed Management Guide showing expected weed control from herbicides used in sugarcane. Also provided are herbicide costs and information for planning weed control programs.
This article gives instructions on how and when to have your soil tested.
2011 sugarcane fertilizer recommendations
This article gives home gardeners tips on how to care for their citrus trees during the cold weather.
This article gives tips on how to properly plant and care for spinach during winter months.
Brown Patch Disease, which is caused by a fungus, usually affects lawns during the late Fall and early Winter time of the year.