Welcome spring! In the Louisiana landscape, nothing heralds the first official day of the season like the azalea and its grandiose flowers.
(03/15/19) If you’re looking for both an attractive and a low-maintenance plant for your home garden or landscape this year, then you should try lemon sedum.
(03/09/19) Despite the cold weather the past few early-March days here in Louisiana, the evidence of spring is all around us. Gardening March Madness begins!
(03/01/19) It can be difficult to find appealing color in outdoor landscapes during the winter months. In the South, we are fortunate to have the camellia.
(02/22/19) Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer.
(02/15/19) Figs are one of the most widely planted fruit trees in home landscapes in Louisiana. With little care, they will produce crops of figs every July.
(02/08/19) February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Fertilizing this month provides them with nutrients just when they can use them most effectively.
(02/01/19) To grow plants from seeds you buy from catalogs, you must be able to start your own transplants. Here's how.
(01/25/19) The primary features the environment must provide to invite birds into the landscape include shelter, nesting sites, water and food.
(01/18/19) The selection and placement of trees involves some of the most important landscaping decisions you will make.
(01/11/19) Spring-flowering trees will add so much color and beauty to our landscapes, and now through early March is an excellent time to plant them.
(01/04/19) — Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives — particularly in the first two decades after planting.
(12/28/18) The oaks have become a part of American culture more than most other types of trees.
(12/21/18) As the Earth travels around the sun in its orbit, the length of our days and nights vary from season to season.
(12/14/18) With cold weather comes concern for tropical plants in our landscapes.
(12/07/18) When it comes to Christmas trees, you have two basic choices: living or artificial. And both have their place.
(11/30/18) Amaryllis bulbs purchased now should be planted into pots and moved to outdoor beds in spring after they've bloomed.
(11/23/18) It is important to harvest vegetables at the proper stage for best results, so here are a few guidelines.
(11/16/18) The Little Gem magnolia is a dwarf-growing cultivar that stays significantly smaller than the standard Southern magnolia.
(11/09/18) Tender tropical plants thrive in outdoor conditions, but they must be protected over winter. Generally, this means bringing them indoors.
(11/02/18) Now is the perfect time to plant cool-season bedding plants that are wonderfully fragrant.
(10/26/18) Cool-season bedding plants thrive in the cool days and chilly nights we have here during fall, winter and spring.
(10/19/18) Widely available and relatively inexpensive, chrysanthemums are almost indispensable for providing quick color to the fall landscape.
(10/12/18) A number of delicious and nutritious vegetables will thrive in the coming cool season.
(10/05/18) By the beginning of October, caladiums reach the end of their growing season and decline in appearance, so they must be cared for.
(09/28/18) Container vegetable gardening is an excellent way to produce quality, home-grown vegetables.
(09/21/18) A common misconception is that the type of fertilizer you choose to use is based strictly on the type of plant you are growing.
Home gardeners typically get along very well without delving too deeply into the science of horticulture. Genetics can be challenging.
We often hear Labor Day called the traditional end of summer, but we know, however, that our Louisiana summer season extends quite a while longer.
(08/31/18) In late summer it’s time to think about pruning our roses. Roses respond best when they receive two major prunings each year.
8/24/18) Growing plants in containers outdoors is popular for a variety of reasons.
(08/17/18) This time of year weedy vines can be a major issue.
(08/10/18) Every garden reference stresses how important it is to provide the proper light for different plants.
(07/27/18) Poison ivy is very abundant in urban, suburban and rural landscapes. Keep a sharp eye out for this plant.
(07/20/18) After a rainy period in summer, we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere.
(07/13/18) When planning a vacation, make arrangements to have someone take care of your plants.
(07/06/18) You can introduce your youngsters to the joys of gardening and at the same time exercise their bodies and brains.
(06/29/18) Using fertilizers properly is an important part of gardening, but it is almost never a matter of life and death.
(06/15//18) An outstanding new hydrangea called Limelight has been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection by the LSU AgCenter.
(06/08/18) Trees with problems can be a liability during storms or hurricanes.
(06/01/18) How often we need to water our landscapes depends on such factors as temperature, rainfall, humidity, season, plant material and light intensity.
(05/25/18) You’d think a vegetable with a name like yardlong bean would be incredibly productive — and you would be right..
(05/18/18) Proper watering can mean life or death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and bedding and vegetable transplants.
(05/11/18) Some heat-loving herbs can be planted now for summer production.
(05/04/18) Some of my favorite plants for summer color are caladiums. You won’t find a better plant for reliable color in areas that get some shade.
(04/27/18) Mulching is an easy-to-do, labor-saving gardening technique all gardeners should take advantage of.
(04/20/18) Now is an excellent time to plant warm-season bedding plants that will brighten your landscape all summer long.
(04/13/18) The LSU AgCenter has announced that Intenz Classic celosia has been designated a Louisiana Super Plants selection for spring 2018.
(03/30/18) If you are going to have a landscape with trees, a lawn, shrubs and flowers, maintenance is going to be involved.
(03/23/18) The cucumber family provides a wide variety of vegetables popular for the spring, summer and fall home vegetable garden.
(03/16/18) It’s not too early to begin to plan our summer flower gardens.
(03/09/18) It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in south Louisiana. North
(03/02/18) Scale insects are one of the more common groups of insects that attack plants. You may find them feeding on trees, shrubs and on indoor plants.
(02/23/18) Ground covers make great additions to Louisiana landscapes.
(02/16/18) February is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees, bushes or vines in your landscape.
(02/09/18) Early to mid-February is an excellent time to cut back repeat-flowering roses growing in your landscape.
(02/02/18) At this point, it’s time to assess the effects of the freezes on landscape plants and deal with the damage that has occurred.
(01/26/18) Now is an excellent time to consider adding roses to your landscape.
(01/19/18) Where a medium-to-large evergreen tree is desirable, the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) can be a wonderful choice.
(01/12/18) Many gardeners consider snails and slugs to be the most disgusting pests in the garden. I could live with their looks if they didn’t cause damage.
(01/05/18) Heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, place stresses on plants in our landscapes.
(12/29/17) The next few weeks are an important time for planting tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs that have been previously stored in your refrigerator.
(12/22/17) Louisiana winter landscapes look decidedly different from our landscapes in summer.
(12/15/17) Moth orchids are relatively easy to grow and are a good choice for a beginner’s first orchid.
(12/08/17) This time of the year, when we have brought container tropical plants inside for the winter, we need to be on the lookout for pest problems.
(12/01/17) We use a variety of decorative plants to dress up our homes during the holidays, including pointsettias, holiday cactuses and living Christmas trees.
(11/24/17) Louisiana gardeners can successfully grow a wide variety of culinary herbs.
(11//17/17) The evergreen sweetbay magnolia reliably retains its foliage during winter,
(11/10/17) There is an amazing selection of vegetables that can only be grown here during the cool season from October through May.
(11/03/17) November is a great time to remove summer bedding plants and add cool-season plants to your flower beds.
(10/27/17) If you want beautiful beds of daffodils, tulips or Dutch irises next spring, you should think about planting them now.
(10/20/17) In the South, the term “greens” refers to vegetables whose leaves are eaten when cooked until tender.
(10/13/17) A gardener’s job is to make sure, through proper bed preparation, that the soil provides what plants need to be healthy and strong.
(10/06/17) The LSU AgCenter has named Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia the Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2017.
(09/29/17) An amazing selection of vegetables can only be grown here during the cool season from October through April.
(09/22/17)You can almost always find some Louisiana wildflowers blooming throughout the year. But fall is when some of the most outstanding displays occur.
(09/15/17) September and early October are ideal for repotting tropical container plants that you have summered outdoors.
(09/08/17)Before they die, most bromeliads will send up pups that can be used to grow the next generation.
(09/01/17) Now is an excellent time to assess your landscape and begin to make plans for planting this fall.
(08/25/17) Knock Out roses are amazingly popular, and pruning them is not difficult.
(08/18/17) More different kinds of plants and products are available through mail-order than could ever be carried by our local nurseries.
(08/11/17) The Eastern mole can be considered “nuisance wildlife” almost any time it invades landscapes.
(08/04/17) August is a transitional time in the vegetable garden, and some of the more heat-tolerant cool-season vegetables crops can be planted now.
(07/28/17) During dry spells, we may need to provide supplemental irrigation to flower beds, shrubs, lawns and newly planted trees.
(07/21/17) Deadheading is an important but often neglected gardening technique. It refers to pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms.
(07/14/17) No other group of plants can be used to create the effects that vines do in the landscape.
(07/07/17) When it comes to vegetable gardening in Louisiana, gardeners should take advantage of our year-round growing season.
(06/30/17) The first things people plant in a new landscape – lawn and shade trees – may eventually not go together particularly well.
(06/23/17) Plants can be propagated in a variety of ways, but layering is often overlooked by gardeners who are unfamiliar with the technique.,
(06/16/17) Summer heat stresses many plants, and most roses are not especially happy during the extreme heat of mid- to late summer.
(06/09/17) Although we try to do the best we can to properly take care of our landscapes, we seem to commonly make a few mistakes.
(06/02/17) Now is a great time to study your landscape and develop plans for needed changes. Spend the summer refining your ideas.
(05/26/17) No other group of plants can provide more beauty, color and diversity than orchids.
(05/19/17) Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs, flower, vegetables and ground covers.
(05/12/17) A lot of the stress and effort involved in gardening can be reduced by learning to cooperate with existing natural conditions.