(Audio 09/02/13) Gardeners can grow onions during winter. Bunching onions are types of onions that don't make a bulb. They split and grow in clumps. This is a great time to grow them. They can he harvested throughout winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/02/13) Rainy weather in late summer can encourage the growth of fungi in your lawn. Those fungi can send up mushrooms. There are no fungicides that can control mushrooms, but you can pick them and throw them out if you are concerned about them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/02/13) Pecan trees have brittle wood, so they should never be planted close to homes or structures. When branches get heavy with pecans, they may break off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/02/13) Trees are the most valuable part of a landscape. The roots of trees are very shallow and can be easily damaged by construction near the tree. It's important to protect the roots of the tree to keep it healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/02/13) Don't miss out on fall vegetables. It is not too late to plant transplants of tomatoes and peppers. In September you can also start planting cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 08/26/13) Now is the time to get some of your fall vegetables planted. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains which plants to grow and what to look for when selecting vegetable transplants. (Runtime: 1:28)
(Audio 08/26/13) The heat could cause roses to look poorly in late summer. The good news is they'll bloom again in the fall. To get them ready for fall blooming, cut them back and fertilize them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana gardeners can plant many types of vegetable transplants this time of year. These plants are kept in shady conditions and are well-watered at the nursery, so they will be need to be toughened up a bit before planting them into your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana summers can be stressful on plants. Late August is a good time to evaluate your plants and see if they are able to withstand the heat. Make a note of which ones work to plant again next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/26/13) By late summer, cannas and gingers have been blooming nicely. Remember, each stalk only blooms once. After the blooms fade, you can prune back the shoots. This makes room for fresh, new stalks to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/26/13) This time of the year you may notice a fine, silvery webbing on the bark of a tree. This webbing is not harmful. It's created by bark lice that feed on organic debris on the crevices of the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/19/13) Homeowners fertilize lawns to give the grass more vigor and to give it a deep green color. Late summer is a good time to fertilize lawns. If you want to fertilize, do it by the end of August. Fertilizing later can make the lawn susceptible to cold damage in winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/19/13) Plants can experience heat stress in August. This makes it a bad time to plant hardy trees or shrubs. If you are looking to plant something now, consider tropical plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/19/13) Palms can be grown all over the state of Louisiana. They are easy to grow, but they can use a little care. When fertilizing palms, make sure to use a fertilizer labeled for palms. Cutting off old fronds can keep them attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/19/13) The wishbone flower, also known as torenia, is a summer annual. It comes in lots of colors and likes partial shade. It also tolerates the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/19/13) Grass clippings can be beneficial to your lawn. But to do this right, you need to mow frequently with a regular mower or use a mulching mower. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/12/13) If you are looking for gardening projects in the shade - work with ferns. Ferns will get brown foliage mixed in with the green. This is a good time to prune out brown fronds. You can also mulch and fertilize ferns in August. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/12/13) Pears ripen best off of the tree. Pears can be harvested when they began to show color. These pears will soften when wrapped in newspaper and kept in a cardboard box for about two weeks. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/12/13) Louisiana iris is a wonderful plant to have in the landscape. It can survive along ponds and in shallow water or do well in typical flower beds. August and September are good times to divide or transplant iris. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/12/13) Louisiana is in the migration path of the wonderful monarch butterfly. If you want to attract monarchs to your garden, plant milkweed. Monarchs lay their eggs on the foliage of milkweed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/12/13) Plants in containers can eventually outgrow their pots. You may notice surface roots or roots growing out of the drainage holes. These are signs the plants need to be repotted into a larger container. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 08/19/13) All ornamental plants don’t get the attention they deserve – partly because they’re not seen in their colorful glory at the nursery. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to an annual plant that deserves more attention. It’s called Amaranthus tricolor, and this towering beauty will definitely catch a stare or two. (Runtime: 1:40)
(Video 08/12/13) If you’ve noticed a crusty grey or green growth on the branches of your plants, there’s no need to be alarmed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that these are lichens, and they are harmless. (Runtime: 1:40)
(Audio 08/05/13) Young trees have not established a good root system. These trees need more water, especially if we experience dry conditions. Mulch can help trees' roots retain moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/05/13) Coleus offers beautiful foliage rather than flowers. You can find different varieties of coleus at your nursery. Make sure your purchase the right type for your landscape. Some can tolerate sun; others prefer shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/05/13) Eggplants, bell peppers and sweet peppers are popular in summer gardens. These plants can withstand the summer heat. They may need some care before they start producing again in fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/05/13) It is not unusual to have long dry spells in late summer. Plants will need water during these times, but people can make the mistake of watering frequently and lightly. Hear more to learn the proper way to water your plants during dry spells. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/05/13) Spider mites are often a problem late in the summer. Spider mites prefer dry conditions and are found on vegetables and ornamentals. They can be controlled with a couple of different products. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 08/05/13) Crape myrtles are grown throughout Louisiana because they are reliable and beautiful, but you may have noticed the appearance of black spots and some yellow, orange and red leaves on your trees. As horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, it’s not a sign of an early fall, but a disease. (Runtime: 1:36)
(For Release On Or After 08/09/13) Most gardeners are aware of the important relationship plants have with light. We are forever talking about the light preferences of plants. And every garden reference stresses how important it is to provide the proper light for different plants – indoors or outside.
(For Release On Or After 08/02/13) You can do many things to protect your plants from damage. Here are a few to consider.
(For Release On Or After 08/16/13) Most gardeners agree that gardening would be a lot more fun if we didn’t have to deal with weeds. Weeds are nature’s way of reminding us who is really in charge. Stop mowing the lawn and weeding beds for just one summer, and you’ll see what I mean.
(For Release On Or After 08/30/13) The Knock Out rose has become amazingly popular over the past 10 years. This rose has singlehandedly changed the market for roses since its introduction and has ushered in a whole new way to look at roses and use them in our landscapes.
(For Release On Or After 08/23/13) When you walk outside this time of the year, the heat and humidity are almost unbearable. At times you can hardly breathe. Imagine you are a plant in your landscape. You can’t just go inside and cool off. Instead, you have to stand there and take the heat day after day, night after night.