(11/22/19) Poinsettias are one of the most popular winter and Christmastime plants. They can be found this time of year in all sorts of retail outlets.
(11/15/19) To prepare our plants for freezing weather, we first turn our attention to tropical and subtropical plants that have tender herbaceous foliage.
(11/08/19) We often associate spring with flowers, but take a look all around you. Fall feels like a second springtime to me.
(11/01/19) It’s satsuma time in Louisiana. Some early varieties began ripening in late September while other varieties will mature later.
(10/25/19) Persimmons, in my humble opinion, are highly underrated fruit.
(10/18/19) Chrysanthemums, commonly known as mums, go with autumn like pumpkin spice to your latte and candy corn to your trick or treat.
(10/11/19) Boxwood has been used extensively in formal gardens for centuries to create lines and shapes and as a frame that leads the garden visitor.
(10/04/19) The plants don’t lie. We see signs everywhere that our plants are suffering.
(09/27/19) The LSU AgCenter has selected Jolt dianthus (Dianthus barbatus interspecific) as a 2019 fall Louisiana Super Plant.
(09/20/19) Olive trees (Olea europaea) are some of the oldest trees cultivated by humans, having been grown as early as 2500 B.C. in Crete.
(09/13/19) Your plant is not dead, but by the looks of it, it may not be among the living for long. How do you tell what’s going on?
(09/0619) This week, we will take a look at how to determine what’s going on when plants look fatally ill or are dead.
(08/30/19) Have you ever seen a plant in the landscape or garden that you thought was supposed to be green but wasn’t?
(08/23/19) A plant with a rich history, American beautyberry can be found growing in low, rich bottomlands, swamp edges, piney woods and coastal woodlands.
(08/16/19) Chinch bug damage can be easily mistaken for lack of water and overall heat-stressed turf.
(08/09/19) Growing flowers in shaded areas can be difficult. But if you’re up for the challenge, you can do it.
(08/02/19) It’s August. Here are some things you should be doing this month in the garden.
(07/26/19) One thing I get really excited about is the hope of cooler weather and fall plants.
(07/19/19) Weeds can actually tell you a lot about what is going in the yard and the quality of your soil.
(07/12/19) Do you have trouble with grass underneath large shade trees in your landscape? Or no grass at all?
(07/05/19) With little effort, some space in the yard and plenty of sunshine, anyone can grow trees that will produce nutritious figs every July.
(06/28/19) A great way to minimize your landscape inputs while maximizing your garden’s outputs is to use plants that are edible.
(06/21/19) How do we get our plants through this hot summer, especially in extended periods of drought followed by downpours?
(06/14/19) Are your squash, cucumbers or watermelon plants not producing fruit this summer?
(06/07/19) Distylium is a native of China and a member of the witch hazel family.
(05/31/19) Yaupon holly is probably best known these days for its use as an ornamental evergreen in the landscape.
(05/24/19) Grab a bucket. The blueberries are ready to pick.
(05/17/19) What hits harder than Serena Williams on a hot summer day? Well, that’s easy. It’s Serena series angelonia.
(05/10/19) The LSU AgCenter has selected Lime Sizzler firebush (Hamelia patens Grelmsiz) as one of the 2019 Louisiana Super Plants.
(05/03/19) Pollinator gardens are all the buzz right now.
(04/26/19) Nothing describes the iconic Southern magnolia better than its given scientific name Magnolia grandiflora.
(04/19/19) Ressurection ferns and Peggy Martin roses are signs of life from apparent destruction.
Spring is peak pollination season, causing a headache for allergy sufferers — literally. The main culprits right now are annual winter grasses, weeds and oaks.
(03/29/19) One way to add to the beauty of the landscape and increase the value of your property is to create landscape beds.
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.