(Audio 09/13/10) Mulching beds in your landscape is one of the most important tasks you can do to keep weeds under control. Mulch also helps moderate soil temperature and conserves soil moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/20/10) Well-placed shade trees can help reduce energy costs. This is a good time to evaluate shade needs around your home and prepare for fall tree planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/06/10) Now is a good time to select and plant basil, a popular herb native to Asia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill discusses different types of herbs for different needs –and how to care for them. (Runtime: 1:50)
(For Release On Or After 09/17/10) Late October through March is the prime season for planting hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers in Louisiana, so now is an excellent time to assess your landscape situation and begin to make plans.
(Audio 09/27/10) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of summer-blooming bulbs. This time in the year, some may be fading out, while some may still be in full bloom. Groom these plants to keep them looking neat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/06/10) Lawns still need care in early fall. Keep an eye out for problems in your lawn. Chinch bugs can be a problem this time of the year. Fall lawn maintenance also can include laying sod or putting out weed control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/20/10) Gardeners work long, hard hours to keep their flowers colorful and beautiful. But what if you could keep your plants full of color all year long – with practically no effort? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can have both scenarios come true. (Runtime: 1:39)
(Audio 09/27/10) Transplants in the garden need to get off to a good start. Starter solution helps plants take in the right amount of fertilizer and lets them settle in to their new spots in the garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/27/10) Mulches make the landscape more attractive, but their main function is to suppress weeds. Mulches put out during the spring probably decayed over the summer, so gardeners should apply fresh mulch to keep weeds down. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/13/10) You can maintain a tropical look in your landscape well into fall with the beautiful Pride of Barbados plant. But LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill advises you’d better plant them now. (Runtime: 1:35)
(Audio 09/06/10) Gardeners put a lot of effort into preparing the soil of a bed to help the plants grow in it. Often, plants in a bed get changed out several times a year. Each time you pull a plant from a bed, put something new in it to keep it productive and healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/20/10) Louisiana iris are wonderful perennials. This is a good time of the year to plant Louisiana iris. They are dormant this month, so this also is a good time to divide them and transplant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/06/10) September is late in the growing season for most of our trees, shrubs, ground covers and lawns. Using fertilizer this month needs to be done judiciously. Learn what to fertilizer this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/27/10) Although it’s not yet time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, now is the ideal time for selecting them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for and what to keep in mind when selecting and planting flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 1:43)
(Audio 09/06/10) Gardeners need to be cautious when pruning this time of the year. Remember that spring-flowering trees and shrubs have already set their blooms. Pruning will reduce their floral display. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/13/10) Azaleas are a relatively carefree shrub. They don't have a lot of insect and disease problems. The azalea lace bug is an exception, however, These pests live on the underside of azalea leaves and cause white spots on the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/27/10) The weather typically becomes cooler in Louisiana during October. This means gardeners can start planting cool-season vegetables into their gardens. Listen for what to plant this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 09/10/10) Anyone cleaning out overgrown areas or even just pulling weeds should beware. Poison ivy may be growing among the plants you’re handling. By late summer, poison ivy has had months to grow in your landscape, and you may find you have areas where the vine is present.
(Audio 09/13/10) Our landscapes generate plenty of organic waste. Material such as grass clippings and fallen leaves are perfect for a compost pile. Learn more about composting in this segment. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/13/10) Most gardeners grow some plants in containers. A plant will not be healthy in a container if it does not have enough room to grow. Repot plants before they become "pot bound." (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/06/10) Now is a good time to select and plant basil, a popular herb native to Asia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill discusses different types of herbs for different needs –and how to care for them. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
(Audio 09/27/10) Caladiums are outstanding bedding plants for shady areas. They grow from tubers. In early fall, when the plants start to fade, gardeners can dig up the tubers and save them for next year's planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/06/10) It looks like this could be a good year for pecans in Louisiana. Someimes, though, the weight of pecans can cause problems for the trees. Pecan trees have brittle wood, and limbs can snap and break from the heavy nuts. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 09/03/10) Although September weather is often still hot, vegetable gardeners begin to anticipate the cooler weather to come. It is now that we begin to focus on planting cool-season vegetables that will grow and produce during fall, winter and spring.
(For Release On Or After 09/24/10) It still surprises me that many Louisiana gardeners are not familiar with our native Louisiana irises. Some of the most beautiful irises we can grow in our gardens are the hybrids of several species that grow right here in Louisiana.
(Audio 09/20/10) Garlic is a great vegetable to grow in Louisiana, and now is a good time to plant it. Just remember that it takes a long time for garlic to produce, so you'll have to be patient. What you plant now won't be ready to harvest until late May or early June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/20/10) Caladiums are winding down in early fall. The plants are going dormant, so gardeners can dig up caladium tubers when the foliage starts turning tan and papery. Save them to replant next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/20/10) Only the most reliable bedding plants can survive a Louisiana summer. This is a great time of year to evaluate your bedding plants and deternune which ones performed well and which ones you may or may not want to plant again. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/13/10) Azaleas have brightened Louisiana springs for generations. Now they can do the same for fall with fall-blooming azaleas. Hear more about these plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)