Former LA Champion pecan tree. Photo: Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter, 2009.
Steve called AHA to ask about finding some services for a cherished pecan tree. This pecan is extraordinary specimen due to its size, and AHA assisted with nominating this tree to be a Louisiana champion pecan tree about 10 years ago. This tree was a state champion until a pecan tree in Caddo Parish succeeded it. This beloved tree fell due to hurricane Laura, so Steve is looking for a skilled propagationist to grow seedlings from sprouts. He is also looking for an operator of a portable bandmill to salvage the lumber for making some special items. If you can help with these referrals, please contact AHA at the phone number or email address below.
An image ofa greenbrier, also called smilax. Photo: Lisa McCann, Jena, LA
Lisa from Jena, LA sent in an image of a vine and wanted to identify it and to know how to treat it.
Lisa has a vine called greenbrier or smilax. Georgia Extension describes this vine, “It is in the Liliaceae family, closely related to Daylilies, Lilies, and Yucca. Except for Sarsaparillavine, all species of Smilax are climbing vines.” This article also reports that birds spread the seed.
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Recommended stem spray for greenbrier. Source: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.
J. F. Cadenhead III, Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist with The Texas A&M University System shared these control steps for smilax:
Works Best: On greenbrier that is growing on fencelines or where the basal stems are easy to access for spraying.
When to Apply: During the winter when most of the leaves are gone and the basal stems can be covered more readily with the spray mix.
1.) Prepare the Equipment
2.) Prepare the Herbicide Mix
3.) Spray the Greenbrier
4) Keep these points in mind:
Asian jasmine is a non-native, invasive species. Photo: Fred Carter.
Fred sent in images of another vine and asked, “Can you identify this vine that is in my yard and give advice on a good herbicide to kill it out completely? Thank you.”
Dr. Ron Strahan, a weed specialist with the AgCenter answered Fred’s question, “I was thinking that this was Asian jasmine. If so, a non-selective product called Fertilome Decimate™ (glufosinate) will be highly effective. Garden centers will carry this product. It can be applied under trees and in flower beds. No soil life. Repeat as needed.”
If you want to contact Roots, Shoots, Fruits and Flowers, please send your questions and pictures to Keith Hawkins, Area Horticulture Agent (AHA), 337-463-7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can be on the “green thumbs” email list by emailing your request to the address above.
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“This work has been supported, in part, by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Renewable Resources Extension Act Award, Accession Number 1011417.”