(09/24/21) The LSU AgCenter is adding Supertunia Mini Vista Indigo to the cool-season bedding plants on the Louisiana Super Plant list.
(09/17/21) Loss of trees is a common catastrophe during hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather events.
[Video](9/13/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to gather seeds so you can grow more wonderful herbs.
[Video](9/20/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains the signs of this insect’s damage and some things you can do about it
(09/10/21) What is the No. 1 weed problem around the world? Answer: nutsedges, and they are a formidable foe!
[Video](9/6/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains that now is the time to prepare seeds that will grow into a delicious fall harvest.
[Video](8/30/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how this plant adds fluffy and colorful plumes to the fall landscape.
(08/27/21) Hedges serve as a practical solution to create a boundary or to guide movement of people in a specific direction.
(08/20/21) Although it doesn’t feel like it because it’s still so hot, it’s time to start thinking about your fall garden.
(08/13/21) Ornamental grasses are some of the best plant selections for an ornamental focus for the landscape, but they are often underutilized.
[Video](8/23/21) Heather Kirk Ballard explains that armyworms are particularly bad this year and suggests some ways to win the battle against them.
[Video](8/16/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to grow and care for your gingers.
(08/06/2021) As we look forward to cooler fall weather there are things to do to prepare for the fall and still time to tackle summertime gardening tasks.
[Video](8/9/21) Heather Kirk Ballard explains what’s causing bark shedding and other issues with your crape myrtles.
[Video](8/2/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturists Heather Kirk-Ballard and Kiki Fontenot explain how and why to prune your blueberry bushes.
(07/30/21) The armyworm troops have set up camp, causing headaches for many homeowners.
(7/23/2021) There’s a lot going on with crape myrtles this summer. I’ve gotten quite a few calls about these highly prized ornamental trees of the South.
(07/16/21) It’s fig season in Louisiana, and this year has turned out an excellent crop.
[Video](7/26/21) Heather Kirk Ballard explains how you can beat the soggy conditions by growing container vegetable gardens.
[Video](7/19/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to propagate fig branches so you can plant more of these fruit-bearing trees.
(07/09/21) With the historic rains this spring and summer, some of our plants, yards and gardens are suffering. Container gardening may be a solution for you.
[Video](7/12/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk Ballard talks about the advantages of the durable and beautiful tropical plant.
[Video](7/5/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to properly care for your hardy hibiscus.
(07/02/21) With several hundred types of hibiscus, one could write a book on this plant alone — and many have done so.
(06/25/21) There are quite a few perennials out there that perform well in the summertime here in Louisiana, but none more so than salvias.
(06/18/21) Trial gardens provide us important information about growth habits of new plants varieties and how they perform in different USDA hardiness zones.
[Video](6/28/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk Ballard explains some other coneflower features, as well as tips on how to properly care for them.
[Video](6/21/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard talks about plants that can attract pollinators, while coloring your landscape.
(06/11/21) June 21 to 27 is National Pollinator Week, and the focus is “Pollinators, Plants, People, Planet."
(06/04/21) Daylilies are impressive this time of year. These herbaceous perennials are one of the most carefree flowering plants you can plant in your garden.
Heather Kirk Ballard explains on this edition of Get It Growing, the beautiful colors are not the only advantage of adding these to your rows of vegetables.
[Video](6/7/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard and Kiki Fontenot discuss the exciting thornless blackberry variety Prime-Arc Traveler.
(05/28/21) Nothing brightens a room like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Have you ever considered dedicating a spot in your garden just for cut flowers?
[Video](5/24/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains why now is the perfect time to hype the hydrangea.
[Video](5/31/21)LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you to the latest Louisiana Super Plant — the striking Suncredible Sunflower.
(05/21/21) The rain has been pouring for nearly a week, causing flooding in parts of the state. Take this opportunity to address problem spots in your yard.
(05/14/21) There are many things to be done in the lawn and in the garden as we transition from the spring into the summer.
(05/07/21) Hydrangeas start their beautiful display in May in Louisiana and the rest of the southeastern United States.
(04/30/21) Cacti and succulents have become the trendy houseplant for urban gardeners and new growers in smaller living spaces.
[Video](4/26/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you to some beautiful and fragrant plants.
[Video](5/3/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard shows you how to make a beautiful flower garden in a container.
(04/23/21) April is a busy time in the garden. It’s also when we celebrate Earth Day. What better time to reflect on how we can help preserve our planet?
(04/16/21) You don’t need a large yard or a lot of space to create a beautiful garden. You can fill planters or containers with colorful plants.
[Video](4/19/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you can easily grow microgreens inside your home.
[Video](4/12/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains that while the plant is not dead, now is a good time to remove the dead fronds to prepare the way for new fronds.
(04/09/21) Flowers are perfect for adding attractive blooms to our landscapes and gardens. They attract both humans and pollinators.
[Video](4/5/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains why the Beacon impatiens can dependably add many vibrant colors to your landscape.
[Video](3/29/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard describes some different types of azaleas, and explains when to plant them and how to care for them.
(03/26/21) Organic, natural pesticides and fertilizers and native plants are increasingly popular and help keep landscapes safe for pollinators.
(03/19/21) The azaleas are showing off right now, putting on their annual spring spectacular despite the recent sleet, snow and extended freezing temperatures.
[Video](3/22/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how you can start your attack on weeds now — before they even show up.
[Video](3/15/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains what you can mix into the soil to help your plants grow their best.
Mulching is one of the most basic and essential tasks of gardening. Mulch provides many benefits.
(03/05/21) The winter weather that the Bayou State experienced the week of Mardi Gras severely damaged many of our plants, including palm trees.
[Video](3/8/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard shows you how to properly prune and fertilize those plants.
[Video](3/1/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard cautions against being too hasty in cutting and pruning freeze-damaged plants.
(02/26/21) As we approach spring in Louisiana, now is a good time to start prepping your landscape and vegetable gardens for plants.
(02/19/21) It will take time to see the full scope of damage from our recent freezes. Don't rush to prune or remove plants.
[Video](2/23/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard shows you how to properly prune rose blooms.
[Video](2/16/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains some advantages of planting this gorgeous landscape tree.
(02/12/21) Flowering cherry trees are true showstoppers. These trees can be seen blooming around Louisiana in February and March.
[Video](2/8/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard describes some of the flowering plants in a pot that you can buy for your loved ones.
(02/05/21) For those of you who keep a vegetable garden, it’s time to get those potatoes in the ground.
(01/29/21) As gardeners, we sometimes find ourselves in tough situations we just cannot figure out. The LSU AgCenter offers many services that can help you.
[Video](2/1/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains whichplants you can prune back during this time and which ones you should not prune.
(01/22/21) For trees and shrubs that are grown for their flowers, you must consider when they bloom before you decide when to prune them.
[Video](1/25/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains what it means when you see these and whether they’re good or bad for your trees.
[Video](1/18/21) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how you can plant a tree in your own yard.
(01/15/21) National Seed Swap Day is Jan. 30. Join the gardeners who are carrying on the time-honored, cost-effective tradition of saving and exchanging seeds.
(01/08/21) You may have noticed gray coloring on the trunks of some trees and shrubs. No need for concern. Most likely, these harmless organisms.
(01/01/21) This time of year is a great time to get outside and get things done in the garden.
[Video](1/4/21) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to treat scale, helping your magnolias thrive.
[Video](12/28/20) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains where to place these beautiful plants into your landscape.
(12/25/20) Crape myrtles are one of the most controversial and often-discussed ornamental plants. How did it become such a hot topic?
(12/18/20)The thought of Japanese maples brings an air of tranquility and visual thoughts of an Oriental garden.
[Video](12/27/20) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains that one of this year’s cool weather sources of color might surprise you.
[Video](12/20/20) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard suggests gardening gifts to complete your list.
(12/11/20) Here are some pointers to keep your live holiday plants looking beautiful for the remainder of the season.
[Video](12/14/20) Ornamental grasses are easy-care plants that can provide a nice screen in your landscape.
[Video](12/7/20) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to select a healthy Christmas tree and then how to care for it.
(12/04/20) As we wrap up the year, we have many things to do to prepare for winter and spring.
(11/27/20) And many types of beautiful plant materials are available to work with this time of year to spruce up and decorate your home for the season.
[Video](11/30/20) AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how windmill palms are being killed by a disease called lethal bronzing.
(11/20/20) Mid- to late November is the best time for buying daffodil, snowdrop, tulip, narcissus, hyacinth and crocus bulbs to allow them enough chilling.
(11/13/20) If you enjoy a tropical look to your landscape, palm trees can provide it.
(11/06/20) Ornamental grasses are commonly used plants in many home and commercial landscapes.
[Video](11/16/20) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to care for your hydrangeas now so they can look their best next spring.
[Video](11/9/20) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains some things you can do to repair small trees and shrubs damaged by destructive winds.
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