(Audio 04/05/10) April is a great time to get tomatoes planted into your garden to make sure they come into production before temperatures get too high. Learn what to look for when purchasing tomato transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/19/10) Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that appears as a fine, white, powdery covering on the leaves of many different kinds of plants. Powdery mildew fungus is most troublesome when the weather is dry, humid and warm. Find out which plants are most commonly affected by powdery mildew. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/12/10) April is the perfect time to put out the first application of lawn fertilizer in Louisiana, Although lawn fertilization is optional, it can help to reinvigorate lawns or even make them a darker shade of green. Listen to the proper way to apply fertilizer to your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/26/10) The redbud is an outstanding native spring-flowering tree used to brighten landscapes. Redbuds can be found at your local nursery or garden center. It is best to plant them before the heat of summer arrives. Listen for details about the conditions required for optimal redbud growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/26/10) Spring rains and milder temperatures often encourage mushroom growth in lawns and flower beds. The mushroom-producing fungus lives in the ground year-round but only produces mushrooms when weather conditions are ideal. Find out what you should do if mushrooms pop up in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 4/12/10) When you visit your local nursery, you’ll see lots of bright, colorful flowers to choose from. But what you might not notice are some wonderful plants that have not displayed their blooms yet. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the advantage of planting perennials. (Runtime: 1:31)
(Audio 04/19/10) Caladium is a colorful bedding plant that is wonderful for occupying shady areas in the landscape. Be sure to put a good amount of organic matter into the soil where you will be planting your caladiums in order to maximize your results. Learn how to plant caladium tubers this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/12/10) Permanent lawn grasses grow best during the warm season which makes spring a prime grass planting season. Solid sodding is the preferred method when trying to establish a lawn. Hear more about the advantages of solid sodding a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/05/10) Tomatoes are probably the most popularly grown vegetable in home gardens. Tomatoes normally grow on vines, and without support, they would simply flop over leading to fruit rot. Support your tomatoes using stakes or cages. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/12/10) Flowering perennials are available in nurseries this time of the year. These colorful plants brighten the landscape and live for many years. Check your local nursery if you are interested in planting flowering perennials in your landscape this spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 04/23/10) Now is a great time to add summer bulbs to your gardens. Most summer-flowering bulbs are native to tropical and subtropical climates and will reliably bloom in Louisiana for many years. Summer bulbs are those that bloom roughly from May through September.
(Audio 04/05/10) Gardeners should be careful when selecting bedding plants this time of the year. Nurseries carry both cool-season and warm-season bedding plants. Be sure to purchase bedding plants that will provide color for you even through the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/05/10) Spider mites are a type of pest that is barely visible to the naked eye. They attack and damage plants such as roses, palms, eggplants and many other vegetables and ornamentals. Find out what symptoms to be aware of when checking for spider mite infestation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/19/10) In Louisiana, it is safe to begin planting summer bedding plants during April. In order to ensure that these plants produce for us throughout the summer, it is important to prepare the bed well. Here are some instructions on how to properly prepare for these summer bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/26/10) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of spring-flowering bulbs in their landscapes. Right after flowering ends, especially if seed pods are forming, you should cut off the old flower stalks. Learn more about caring for spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 04/30/10) Daylilies are coming into bloom now, and gardeners would be hard pressed to find a plant that provides so many colorful flowers for so little effort. Available in an amazing variety of colors, shapes and sizes, you can find daylilies to fit virtually every taste and garden situation.
(Audio 04/19/10) Longer days and warmer weather this time of the year will encourage growth in many plants growing in containers. In order to keep soil from container plants nutritious, it is important to use fertilizer. Learn the best types of fertilizer to use for container plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/26/10) Orchids are wonderful flowering plants with a moderate cost that are becoming more readily available all the time. They are popularly given as gifts, but they are not your ordinary houseplants. Orchids are potted in special orchid mixes and require proper watering. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/12/10) Louisiana has its share of pest problems. As the weather becomes warmer, the pests and plant diseases will only seem to multiply. When dealing with these problems, it is important to obtain a proper diagnosis so these issues can be dealt with appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 04/02/10) Fragrance is a plant’s way of touching us without physical contact. Like many things we enjoy in nature, the perfume is not really intended for us – but it seems like it is, anyway. If you love fragrant plants in the garden, you will be thrilled with our native honeysuckle azalea.
(Video 4/19/10) During spring, you can purchase many bulb plants at your local nurseries. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a perennial bulb that reliably comes back again and again with beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 1:40)
(Audio 04/19/10) Gardeners should consider several aspects of lawn care this time of the year. You may want to fertilize your lawn or practice weed control. You also are going to have to mow your lawn much more frequently. Hear how to keep your mower blades sharpened and how to control your weeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 04/16/10) Landscape design combines art and science to create a functional, attractive landscape that meets the needs of the family and complements the home and other structures.
(Audio 04/26/10) Many people move their indoor plants outside during the summer. Outdoor conditions are much better than those indoors, and this move can help rejuvenate plants and make them grow better. Hear more about how to revitalize container plants with a move outdoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/12/10) Most herbs grow better during cooler weather and tend to fade away as temperatures rise. Here is a list of herbs that need to be harvested generously over the next few weeks before the heat of summer arrives. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 04/05/10) In Louisiana, gardening education begins during springtime. Garden shows, symposiums, demonstrations and lectures are planned to teach people more about gardening. Learn more about how to utilize these educational programs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 04/09/10) This time of the year always seems to inspire a frenzy of gardening activity. People flock to nurseries, and trees, shrubs, ground covers, tropicals, perennials and bedding plants are sold by the truckloads. In the frantic rush to plant something in the landscape, however, don’t forget that the more thought you put into your planting decisions, the more satisfactory your results are likely to be.
(Video 4/26/10) Colorful Louisiana irises are blooming beautifully across the state. Now also is a great time to plant them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides tips on growing this popular spring flower. (Runtime: 1:30)