(Audio 06/07/10) Now is the time for gardeners to start pruning their once-blooming rose bushes. These roses are just finishing their blooming season, and by pruning them now, the plant will produce vigorous new growth. This new growth will produce flowers for you next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/21/10) Most baldcypress trees that are planted in the landscape don’t usually produce knees. If your cypress does produce knees, this can be a nuisance when they come up in the lawn. While cypress knees in a flower bed appear picturesque, it is beneficial to eliminate the ones that appear in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/07/10) Hurricane season begins in June. High winds from these storms can cause damage to landscapes, and gardeners should be aware of this and prepare their landscapes accordingly. Hear about how you can properly prepare your yard for hurricane season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/28/10) Louisiana gardeners welcome flowering plants that are able to withstand the intense heat of summer. Profusion zinnias are a hybrid group of zinnias that are insect-free. They grow very well during the summer. Hear more about growing zinnias in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/28/10) Gardeners should practice weed control in Louisiana beds during the summer. Regardless of how you weed, chances are the weeds will grow back. Try using mulch as a defense against weeds, and you also may want to apply a pre-emergence herbicide to prevent weeds from developing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 06/25/10) Fire ants inflict painful stings and create unsightly mounds in our yards and gardens, so most of us would be happier if there were no fire ants around. It’s interesting to note, however, that fire ants are excellent predators and help control such pests as fleas and ticks in lawns.
(Video 06/21/10) Hosta is a genus of plants that can produce nice, green foliage in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some advice on the best ways to grow hosta plants. (Runtime: 1:29)
(For Release On Or After 06/18/10) Recently, a gardener had a problem with her Japanese maple tree. The maintenance crew working on her landscape had gotten too close to the trunk with a string trimmer and removed a lot of the bark.
(Video 06/07/10) Maybe you’ve planted sweet corn and you’re looking forward to picking some nice, juicy ears. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some tips for both growing and picking your sweet corn. (Runtime: 1:49)
(Audio 06/07/10) Lawns often have many issues that are sometimes difficult to treat. Slime mold is an unattractive fungus-like organism that lives in lawns throughout the year and decays organic matter. Hear how slime mold can actually benefit your lawn rather than cause damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/28/10) If you have tomatoes planted in your vegetable garden, by this time of the year you should be harvesting many fresh red tomatoes. You may notice some of the flowers that the plant produces will begin to fall off due to high temperatures and lack of pollination. If you want to harvest tomatoes well into the summer, be sure to plant heat-tolerant varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/21/10) Many people plant trees during the winter season and into the spring. When the temperatures rise, these trees are going to need supplemental watering. Here are some tips for watering newly-planted trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/07/10) A sucker is an undesirable, vigorous chute originating at the base of a plant. When dealing with suckers, it is important to prune them off properly to prevent a stub from sprouting again and producing more suckers than before. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 06/04/10) If you planted your tomatoes at the right time – from March to mid-April – you should be harvesting delicious, vine-ripened tomatoes by now. If you didn’t plant tomatoes for yourself, check your local farmers markets.
(Video 06/14/10) The baldcypress tree is, for the most part, insect- and disease-free here in Louisiana. But it’s not without some problems. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to do about spider mites on your baldcypress. (Runtime: 1:39)
(Audio 06/14/10) Louisiana gardeners that spend long periods of time outside in their gardens should take precautions to protect themselves from summer’s heat. Hear more about drinking plenty of fluids, gardening in the shade and other helpful tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/14/10) Many gardeners have outdoor container plants. Be careful when growing container plants on wooden decks because it could cause staining or rotting of the wood. To prevent this from happening, boost container plants by placing them on top of bricks or pot feet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/28/10) Louisiana figs will soon begin to ripen. It is important to make sure fig trees are receiving a sufficient amount of water. To prevent birds from feeding on your figs, purchase bird netting from your local nursery. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/21/10) While French tarragon will not grow properly throughout Louisiana’s hot summers, Mexican tarragon could serve as a substitute. This relative of marigolds has a rich flavor and grows beautifully in full sun situations. Learn more about planting Mexican tarragon in your herb garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 06/28/10) A popular plant for producing colorful flowers throughout the summer is the impatiens. These traditional impatiens only grow in shady areas. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new, bigger impatiens, which prefers direct sunlight over shade. (Runtime: 1:42)
(Audio 06/07/10) Lichens are a crusty, grayish growth found on tree branches, statues, or fences. Gardeners are often concerned that this growth is damaging the plant. Learn more about lichen growth in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/28/10) Frequent summer rainfall makes the weather humid and damp. Snails and slugs love this type of weather, and they are likely to come out and feed on your plants. Deal with snails and slugs by setting out beer traps or using iron phosphate baits. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 06/11/10) Landscapes are dynamic creations that are always changing. Plants grow larger. New plants are added along the way. Other plants die. And even trees may be lost in storms. Over the years, a landscape can change radically from its original look.