(01/01/21) This time of year is a great time to get outside and get things done in the garden.
(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.
(12/11/20) Here are some pointers to keep your live holiday plants looking beautiful for the remainder of the season.
(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.
(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.
(10/30/20) Surprise! There was a hurricane, and these lilies might be telling you about the weather.
(10/23/20) Second to sod webworms, common lespedeza is winning the lawn headache contest right now.
(10/16/20) There’s a great deal of work to be done after a storm.
(10/09/20) Insects, including bees, butterflies, caterpillars and moths, are in full force this fall.
(01/02/20) One thing you should be harvesting this time of year is your caladium bulbs for planting again next year.
(09/25/20) There are so many things we can do in the garden this time of year. Fall is a great time to work in the landscape.
(09/18/20) LSU AgCenter offices across the state are getting call after call as lawn after lawn is experiencing devastating loss of turfgrass.
(09/11/20) Why not honor breast cancer patients and survivors by going pink in your flower beds and getting a head start this month?
(09/04/20) This year we celebrate by adding two true native woody plants: American beautyberry and our state tree, bald cypress.
(08/28/20) During the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, many people had more time on their hands.
(08/21/20) Your trees may still have green figs that just won’t seem to ripen, and that can be for many reasons.
(08/14/20) Crape myrtle bark scale is an introduced insect pest from Asia, and it has great affinity for crape myrtle trees. The problem often goes unnoticed.
(08/07/20) It’s August in Louisiana, and we don’t recommend doing much in the garden or, shall we say, not much in this heat.
(07/31/20) Thanks to plants and the sun, we as humans can eat, breathe and live. Ultimately, our survival depends on them.
(07/24/20) Summertime is the best time to just sit back and enjoy your garden. And while you’re at it, you can start thinking about fall gardening.
(07/17/20) Does your lantana have yellowed leaves or brown spots? Is it pale and sickly looking with no flowers? The likely culprit is lace bugs.
(07/10/20) As a homeowner, you can make water-wise landscaping decisions.
(07/03/20) July can be a tough month in Louisiana due to heat, high humidity, and increased disease and insect pressure.
(06/26/20) Growing plants in containers can be very convenient. For one thing, it makes your plants portable.
(06/19/20) During this time when folks are still cautiously quarantining, you can create a tranquil oasis of your own.
(06/12/20) June 22 through 28 is National Pollinator Week, and the focus is “Pollinators, Plants, People, Planet,” according to www.pollinator.org.
(06/05/20) I’ve been getting a great deal of questions about tomatoes lately. ‘Tis the season.
(05/29/20) Growing vegetables from your own seeds is probably one of the most fulfilling achievements of vegetable gardening.
(05/22/20) The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will begin on June 1 and now is the time to prepare your yard, gardens and landscapes for bad weather.
(05/15/20) Chaste tree, also known as vitex, is simple in ease of care but is far from being plain.
(05/08/20) You can create a gorgeous arrangement for your home or someone special with just a few items.
(05/01/20) Blackberries are shiny, black fruit bursting with sweet juice.
(04/24/20) Fire ants can be a formidable foe in the garden and landscape. They come with a one-two punch for sure.
(04/17/20) Gardening and the tasks involved with gardening can be a great way to get your family outside and engaged in some great crafts.
(04/10/20) During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, an exceptional increase in the number of first-time gardeners can be seen across Louisiana.
(04/03/20) If you want to add a splash of spicy color and unique foliage to your yard this spring, look no further.
(03/27/20) Gardening activities are an excellent source of physical exercise, and vegetable gardens can supply nutritious food.
(03/20/20) Two species of fringe trees are most often seen in the landscape throughout the U.S.: the American fringe tree and Chinese fringe tree.
(03/13/20) Red buckeyes produce brilliant red flowers in upright clusters of dark-red tubular flowers.
(03/06/20) Ball moss is not a parasite. It does not typically harm host plants unless the moss completely covers the majority of surfaces.
(02/21/20) It’s that time of year. The deciduous trees are putting on their leaves. Spring-blooming bulbs, trees and shrubs are starting to come to life.
(02/28//20) Live oaks have a strong history in the Gulf South.
(02/14/20) It’s Valentine’s Day, and nothing says I love you more than flowers, right? And I’m here to suggest giving a live plant.
(02/07/20) Could something that appears so dainty and elegant actually do well in a landscape in Louisiana? The answer is, of course, why not?
(01/31/20) Japanese magnolias are in bloom everywhere right now, possibly signifying an early spring. It’s one of the most strikingly beautiful blooming trees.
(01/24/20) Nothing completes a great recipe better than fresh herbs straight from your garden.
(01/17/20) Growing indoor plants is a great way to bring the wonder of the outdoors inside.
(01/10/20) Most folks don’t realize that tea comes from a camellia. Yes, that’s right. Camellia sinensis is the plant.
(11/29/19)You have several options of what to do with leaf litter. Some are good, and some are not so good.
(01/03/20) There was a time in my life when I thought a colorful winter garden did not exist. I was so wrong.
(12/20/19) Loquat trees are in full bloom right now, and the penetrating fragrance has called the bees out on warm days.
(12/27/19) Winter is the best time for planting trees, and pecans are no exception.
(12/13/19) The winter months provide us an opportunity to focus on landscape planning, planting and maintenance.
(12/06/19) You can create an evergreen wreath or swag with a few inexpensive floral materials and plant cuttings from the landscape.
(11/22/19) Poinsettias are one of the most popular winter and Christmastime plants. They can be found this time of year in all sorts of retail outlets.
(11/15/19) To prepare our plants for freezing weather, we first turn our attention to tropical and subtropical plants that have tender herbaceous foliage.
(11/08/19) We often associate spring with flowers, but take a look all around you. Fall feels like a second springtime to me.
(11/01/19) It’s satsuma time in Louisiana. Some early varieties began ripening in late September while other varieties will mature later.
(10/25/19) Persimmons, in my humble opinion, are highly underrated fruit.
(10/18/19) Chrysanthemums, commonly known as mums, go with autumn like pumpkin spice to your latte and candy corn to your trick or treat.
(10/11/19) Boxwood has been used extensively in formal gardens for centuries to create lines and shapes and as a frame that leads the garden visitor.
(10/04/19) The plants don’t lie. We see signs everywhere that our plants are suffering.
(09/27/19) The LSU AgCenter has selected Jolt dianthus (Dianthus barbatus interspecific) as a 2019 fall Louisiana Super Plant.
(09/20/19) Olive trees (Olea europaea) are some of the oldest trees cultivated by humans, having been grown as early as 2500 B.C. in Crete.
(09/13/19) Your plant is not dead, but by the looks of it, it may not be among the living for long. How do you tell what’s going on?
(09/0619) This week, we will take a look at how to determine what’s going on when plants look fatally ill or are dead.
(08/30/19) Have you ever seen a plant in the landscape or garden that you thought was supposed to be green but wasn’t?
(08/23/19) A plant with a rich history, American beautyberry can be found growing in low, rich bottomlands, swamp edges, piney woods and coastal woodlands.
(08/16/19) Chinch bug damage can be easily mistaken for lack of water and overall heat-stressed turf.
(08/09/19) Growing flowers in shaded areas can be difficult. But if you’re up for the challenge, you can do it.
(08/02/19) It’s August. Here are some things you should be doing this month in the garden.
(07/26/19) One thing I get really excited about is the hope of cooler weather and fall plants.
(07/19/19) Weeds can actually tell you a lot about what is going in the yard and the quality of your soil.
(07/12/19) Do you have trouble with grass underneath large shade trees in your landscape? Or no grass at all?
(07/05/19) With little effort, some space in the yard and plenty of sunshine, anyone can grow trees that will produce nutritious figs every July.
(06/28/19) A great way to minimize your landscape inputs while maximizing your garden’s outputs is to use plants that are edible.
(06/21/19) How do we get our plants through this hot summer, especially in extended periods of drought followed by downpours?
(06/14/19) Are your squash, cucumbers or watermelon plants not producing fruit this summer?