(Audio 10/27/08) Persimmons are popular fruit trees you can plant in your home orchard. They are easy to grow and they are not prone to any major insect or disease problems. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/06/08) Sweet peas are one of the most outstanding annual, flowering vines we can grow here in Louisiana. They are attractive for both the color and the fragrance they provide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/13/08) As the weather cools in October, many of the warm-season bedding plants in Louisiana gardens begin fading. Gardeners can pull those plants out and start preparing their flower beds for cool-season bedding plants. But they should decide what they want before going to the nursery. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 10/17/08) As the days shorten and temperatures gradually become cooler, it is apparent summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change during this time of year.
(Video 10/27/08) Fall is a great time to plant shrubs and trees into your landscape. In this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a purplish-looking plant that can be grown as a shrub or as a tree. (Runtime: 1 minute, 30 seconds)
(Video 10/20/08) Fall is a great time to plant shrubs and trees in your landscape. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a sweet-scented shrub which becomes a magnet for bumblebees and butterflies (Runtime:1 minute, 30 seconds)
(Audio 10/06/08) Louisiana gardeners use tropical plants in containers outside during the summer. You should begin preparing these plants if you plan to keep them inside during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 10/13/08) If you want a plant that produces fall shades of orange and red, then you might want to check out the croton. In this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper care for this tropical plant that brings us fall color. (Runtime: 1 minute, 30 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 10/31/08) Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden.
(Audio 10/20/08) When planting spring-flowering bulbs, be aware they are only in bloom for a short period of time. You should plant them sparingly and use them to embellish small areas of your spring landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/27/08) Brown patch is a fungal disease that attacks lawns. Brown patch generally occurs when the daytime temperatures are mild and the nights are cooler. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill talks about what to look for and how to control brown patch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/13/08) Gardeners should be on the lookout for scale insects in their landscapes. These insects often are under a protective covering and don't move, so it’s easy to overlook them. Camellias and gardenias are commonly infested with scale insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/06/08) Mulches are one of the most important gardening techniques we use in our landscapes. Mulches are particularly useful in supressing weed growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 10/03/08) There are lots of reasons why we shouldn’t let weeds grow in our landscapes.
(Audio 10/20/08) Many of the cool-season annual herbs or the hardy perennial herbs can be planted now. When planting, keep in mind a single plant generally will provide all the herbs an average family needs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/20/08) The chrysanthemum is often considered the floral emblem of autumn. You can find them already in bloom at local nurseries. They are a wonderful and very easy way to add color to your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/06/08) Most summer-blooming perennials have stopped blooming by now. This is a good time to tidy up around where these plants were flourishing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 10/24/08) 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.
(Audio 10/13/08) Many of our perennials grow from clumps. The clumps become larger and larger each year and may need to be divided. This segment of Get It Growing has advice for Louisiana gardeners about dividing perennials. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 10/06/08) Most people plant roses in the spring. That’s a good time to plant them; but fall also is an excellent season to get your rose plants into the ground. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the advantages of planting fall roses. (Runtime: 1 minute, 30 seconds)
(Audio 10/13/08) Gardeners must be careful about what they fertilize this time of the year. Nitrogen can stimulate plants that need to start preparing and shutting down for winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 10/10/08)In my previous column I discussed weed control in the landscape. I focused primarily on preventive and corrective methods of controlling weeds without using herbicides.
(Audio 10/27/08) Hydrangeas are unique plants that come in lovely shades of blue or pink. They are unusual because the availability of aluminum in the soil dictates their color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/13/08) Gardeners should be cautious when pruning in the fall. Pruning shrubs now can encourage new growth, and that new growth won't have time to harden off before winter starts. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/27/08) October may not seem like a time to talk about roses, but it is one of state's primary blooming seasons. Roses generally begin blooming in October and continue to do so through December. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/27/08) Although our trees really don't begin dropping their leaves until November, you can start thinking about what to do with these leaves when they fall. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends composting them or using them for mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)