Flowers aren’t the only source of color in your landscape during the summer months. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill presents some great choices for colorful and attractive foliage that will stand up to the heat.
Hanging baskets offer a unique aesthetic perspective to patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some tips on maintaining the health and beauty of plants you choose for your hanging containers.
Azaleas are superstars of spring. But flowering bridal wreath plays a supporting role in bringing out magnificent patches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why bridal wreath spiraea (spy-ree-uh) can be an excellent shrub for your landscape.
Everyone is familiar with the Easter lily, but there’s another beautiful Easter plant that’s not well known. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Easter cactus – a relative of the Christmas cactus and the Thanksgiving cactus.
Gardening resolutions will help add to the beauty of your yard by experiment planting if you aren't sure if they will grow in a certain spot or not.
Getting ready to Go and Grow again with a new and exciting class for 2017.
A brief guide on how and when to grow vegetables for small scale gardeners.
Landscape Beautification Project Underway
One of the most challenging aspects of growing a garden in a school setting is pest management.
The primary goal of a school garden is to allow the students to grow plants from start to finish.
Louisiana is part of the farm to school movement. The schools listed are all growing gardens with students.
The Food Safety Guide for Louisiana School Gardens presents good agricultural and handling practices that are easy to implement in a school garden setting.
Students who work in school gardens learn responsibility for something other than themselves.
This publication contains enterprise budgets for sugarcane produced in Louisiana for the 2017 crop year.
A Master Gardener's humorous out-take on "The Night Before Christmas."
The Poinsettia - A Holiday Tradition
Garden committee finalizing the selections of beautiful home gardens for the tour.
Valencia Park Stoner Hill Community Garden - Preparing for Spring Planting
The 2017 Get It Growing Lawn & Garden Calendar offers monthly tips for Louisiana gardeners from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill.
Freeze protection strategies
Recognition of the 29 Louisiana Master Gardener graduates who went through the St. Tammany Parish Program in 2016 .
Summer squash is an important component of the American diet.
These reports describe the statewide impact of the Louisiana Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program. Highlights are listed for selected parishes.
List of Louisiana Master Gardener Extension volunteer programs with contact information for each.
Results from the 2016 LSU AgCenter Pumpkin Variety Trial
These photos are from the 2016 Louisiana Master Gardener State Conference held in Kenner, Louisiana, this past May.
A “Leave of Absence” can be granted by the local Master Gardener Coordinator due to illness, illness in the family, or other personal situation.
This list presents curriculum resources categorized by subject matter and grade level.
Incorporate plants around your house that are native to this area this fall.
Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens.
The Adv. LMG Program is open to current Louisiana Master Gardeners in good standing who have completed at least 3 years of volunteer service.
Photos from 2016 LMG State Conference
This is a simple activity for elementary and middle school students.
Brief explanation of all the Volunteer Activities listed in the pull-down menu for reporting LMG volunteer service hours.
Ornamentals; Louisiana Super Plants; Cool-season Flowers;Selecting Trees; Digging and Storing Caladiums; Vegetables, Fruits, Trees, Crops for Fall Gardening
The 2016 Southern Region Master Conference will be November 1-4 in Texas.
The Louisiana Plant Programs are educational and marketing campaigns that highlight tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes.
We test soil, the nutritional status of your plants, and irrigation and pond water.
The center diagnoses plant samples with problems caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, insect pests and mites, as well as nonpathogenic agents and weed identification.
Information about the Louisiana Master Gardener (LMG) program and the commitment of Louisiana Master Gardeners.
One hundred and five commercial producers grew yellow squash on 194 acres with a gross farm value of $2.2 million (LSU AgSummary 2014).
The carrot variety trial was conducted in the early spring 2016 season. Fourteen carrot varieties were grown at three locations.
Native pollinators have evolved close associations with the plants specific to their native regions.
Encouraging and maintaining healthy native bee populations in your yard requires the presence of nesting habitat in addition to forage.
A number of common vegetable and fruit plants can serve a dual function of providing food and habitat specifically for native pollinators.
Floodwaters commonly contain microbial contaminants and can directly affect public health.
Collect and dry seeds from this year's plants for planting, which will save you money in purchasing seeds for next year.
(07/22/16) When you think of shade trees in your landscape, you most likely focus on the shade they create outside.
Bacterial gall on Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is caused by a plant pathogenic bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi.
(07/15/16) In Louisiana we’ve been gardening in the tropical style as long as anyone can remember.
Mulch, Bromeliads, Bark Lice, Sunflowers, Pesticides, Arborists, String Trimmers, Checklist for Summer, Vegetables, Crops, Turfgrass Care, Plums
This article provides small and large growers with the data collected from the 2012 watermelon demonstration plot at Burden Center in Baton Rouge, La.
A statewide trial of 10 heirloom tomato varieties was conducted. Yields, disease and insect incidence, plant growth and fruit characteristics were recorded.
The Monarch butterfly are on the endangered species list and are a beautiful addition to any garden, with their bright coloring.
This article provides a listing of farms which have been certified as "agritourism operations" in accordance with R.S. 9:2795.4
(05/17/16) A class of 71 advanced Master Gardeners received their new badges and certifications during a special ceremony in New Orleans.
Information about program and classes offered to become a Tangipahoa Parish Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer.
"Plant with Potential" is a new outreach program created at the Hammond Research Station to annually introduce and distribute ornamental plants.
(Video 05/02/16) On this edition of Get It Growing, Dan Gill introduces the Evolution Violet salvia as a Louisiana Super Plant.
Christmas tree growers face many obstacles to growing healthy trees with the largest challenge being pests.
This publication is intended to introduce home vegetable gardeners to the various methods used to manage the many diseases that affect these crops. (PDF Format Only)
Discusses the types of nematodes and damage they cause in the garden and management options
A quarterly newsletter from the Horticulture Division of the LSU AgCenter's School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences. (PDF Format)
The Louisiana Master Gardener State Conference is being held May 12 - 14, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport.
You have many choices in lawn and garden tractors. Size, quality and cost vary widely, which means selecting the correct tractor for your use can be bewildering. This information can help you select the right tractor and use it efficiently and safely. (PDF Format Only)
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
The green industry is the production, sale and maintenance of ornamental plants and related products. The purpose of this study was to estimate the impact of the green industry on Louisiana’s economy. (PDF format only)
This publication includes information on soil preparation, fertilization, training, pruning, nutrient solutions, pollination, harvesting, marketing, and insect and disease control for greenhouse tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)
We often see lawns with mushrooms or doughnut rings of dying or dark green grass. These are referred to as "fairy rings." This publication includes information on how to control fairy rings in your lawn. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana is blessed with long growing seasons that make year-round gardening possible. To be successful, however, you must have an insect management program. Learn how to tell if the insect is beneficial to your garden or if it is a pest, and determine what to use if controls are necessary. (PDF format only)
This document describes the diseases that occur most frequently on pecan trees in Louisiana.
Figs are tasty and can be eaten fresh, made into preserves and jams, or used in baking. Figs are commonly grown in all areas of Louisiana. All fig varieties discussed in this publication produce a main crop. Learn cultural practices and fertilization, disease and insect control, how to handle and process your fruit, and how to prune the trees. 8 pages (PDF Format Only)
This publication is intended to help you select the correct zero turning radius mower for your purpose, then use it and maintain it correctly and safely. (PDF Format Only)
Tractors from major manufacturers tend to be well-designed, reliable and a pleasure to use. You can choose from a wide range of sizes, prices and features as well as a wide range of implements and accessories. This publication helps you select a tractor to meet your needs. (PDF Format Only)
The information should make it easier for anyone using a fertilizer spreader to select an appropriate type of spreader and to obtain optimum performance from the selected spreader. This bulletin summarizes 24 years of design, study, research and teaching about fertilizer spreaders. (PDF format only)
A two-acre camellia garden at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station is now open again, thanks to the efforts of the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners.
An abundance of weeds, diseases and insects plague Louisiana’s home landscapes. The adoption of BMPs and integrated pest management (IPM) will reduce these problems.
Bermudagrass sod is a tough, fine-textured, aggressive, warm-season turf that's just perfect for a pretty lawn or well-performing athletic turf. It does not tolerate shade, so overhangs and trees are a big problem.
Interest in daylilies is still strong despite rust problems over the past several years. New daylily selections and All-American daylily winners need to be evaluated in the Gulf South for landscape performance.
A mower deck can’t cut grass unless it is connected to the tractor engine. This is usually done in one of two ways, with some possible permutations.
(Distributed 11/01/01) November in Louisiana means cooler weather, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske says it doesn't mean you have to hang up your garden tools for the year. "Some garden plants withstand cold weather, so you can keep your garden filled and growing until spring," the horticulturist explains.
Studies of water distribution uniformity and fertigation uniformity with sprinkler irrigation were conducted in a commercial container nursery. The first phase of the study consisted of determining water uniformity for two sprinkler heights. The second phase consisted of determining fertilizer application uniformity.
Acidic soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Louisiana than any other soil factor. They affect so many other soil factors in both pest management and soil fertility.
BOSSIER CITY – Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse may be less costly in the future. Dr. H.Y. Hanna, an LSU AgCenter scientist working at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City, is studying how spacing between bags that hold the plants affects the amount of heat required to produce tomatoes in greenhouses.
The analysis or "formula" listed on the fertilizer bags tells you what is inside. This information lets you apply the proper amount of fertilizer.
In the summer of 2000, daylily rust was reported for the first time in the United States. It has since spread across most of the country and continues to present problems for home gardeners, commercial landscapers and daylily growers.
Mayhaw Association members met in Alexandria to learn about new developments. The health benefits and commercial uses of the fruit were discussed. New varieties and harvesting techniques were also examined.
Riding mowers, lawn tractors, lawn and garden tractors, and garden tractors are large and powerful. They can be dangerous if not used safely.
Invisible pests are living in the soil of our vegetable gardens, and these microscopic round worms known as nematodes are problems for home gardeners and commercial farmers.
Efforts in 2003 and 2004 included evaluation of cannas, coleus, angelonias, purslane, lantanas, perennial verbena, annual and perennial salvia, vinca, zinnias, melampodium, petunias, rudbeckia, phlox, daylilies, dianthus, ornamental kale, ornamental cabbage, calendula, violas, pansies, ornamental sweet potatoes, garden mums, African and French marigolds and others.
Gardeners are often unaware of a serious pest waiting for the spring vegetables to begin growing. These pests are small, microscopic animals called nematodes, and they attack the roots of many plants commonly grown in the garden. There are two major types of nematodes that cause the most problems for vegetables.