(For Release On Or After 09/18/09) Caladiums are getting past their prime now, and it’s time to decide what you want to do with them. Your choices are: pull them up and throw them away; leave the tubers in the ground to resprout there next year; or dig them up, store the tubers and plant them again next year.
(Audio 09/14/09) As the weather starts to turn cooler this time of year, many gardeners begin preparing beds for fall plantings. Gardeners can plant a variety of cool-season vegetables and flowers in their landscape during the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/07/09) If you don’t have time to water your plants frequently during the summer, you might be interested in a less water-needy plant that flowers most of the year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to that very type of plant – a tough and beautiful species of the perennial plant known as sedum. (Runtime: 1:42)
(Video 09/14/09) It’s definitely not fall yet, but one plant that’s showing beautiful fall color right now is the coleus. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains a basic consideration when selecting a coleus plant. (Runtime: 1:34)
(Audio 09/14/09) The days get shorter in September, and fall is around the corner. We need to be aware of the changing of the seasons and to stop pruning to let plants begin to harden off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/07/09) The load of nuts on a pecan tree may be fairly heavy this time of the year. As trees get older, healthy branches can snap off because of the weight of the nuts. That's why you should not plant pecan trees near homes or structures. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 09/25/09) The satisfaction of growing fresh vegetables is undeniable, yet many gardeners don’t have a suitable in-ground location to grow them. If you’re forced to do your gardening in containers, you should know that many cool-season vegetables can be grown successfully in containers.
(For Release On Or After 09/11/09) Gardeners use the term “volunteer” for the seedling of a desirable plant that appears in a garden without having been planted. They can be the offspring of trees and shrubs, but most often they are the result of seeds dropped by annuals or perennials previously grown in the garden.
(Audio 09/07/09) The home vegetable garden is very active in September. Many of the same vegetables that grew in the spring and early summer are planted for a fall crop. Gardeners also can plant cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/21/09) Caladiums may not need to be replanted each year even though they become dormant during winter months. The tubers could be reused to produce more caladiums the following year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/21/09) Many gardeners simply discard the organic waste they clean out of their yards. Composting items such as grass clippings and leaves could be beneficial for future bed preparations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 09/04/09) For much of the nation, September marks the end of summer. For those of us living in the Deep South, however, it would be wishful thinking to think that fall weather is a certainty in September.
(Audio 09/14/09) Louisiana gardeners rely on mulch to help control weeds during the summer. The organic matter we use as mulch eventually decays and breaks down. So check your mulch and add more, if needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/07/09) Mature shade trees are among the most valuable and irreplaceable plants in our landscape. But when you undertake a construction project on a lot with existing trees, the activity can affect the trees. Hire an arborist to make sure trees you want to spare are not harmed during construction. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/14/09) September is still hot in Louisiana, but most plants are slowing down in preparation for fall and winter. Gardeners should be cautious about what they fertilize this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/14/09) Lawns haven't slowed down their growth yet, so you need to continue mowing and caring for yours. In early fall, the weather can be very hot and dry, and such weather can encourage chinch bugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/07/09) Mushrooms may pop in your yard this month. These can be a nuisance, and there is always the possibility that they can be toxic. To be on the safe side, remove mushrooms before allowing pets or children to play in the area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/07/09) Vegetables such as leeks, shallots and bunching onions are part of the allium family. They are easy to grow and productive in the home garden. They grow over a long period before they can be harvested, and September is a good month for planting them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)