If you want long-term control of fire ants but also need to get rid of them quickly in one or more spots, you can take a two-step approach.
Staking is sometimes necessary but needs to be done appropriately to avoid injuring trees or predisposing them to breakage or windthrow later in life.
Fall is a good time to plant most trees and shrubs in Louisiana. It’s a good idea to soil test before making large investments in landscape plantings.
Shallots are easy to grow and taste wonderful in holiday dishes. Plant them soon if you want a crop by Thanksgiving.
The second half of October is a good time to plant strawberries in our area.
Start watching for leaffooted bugs in August and keep a lookout for them as fruit ripens.
Blossom end rot and buckeye rot are common problems with tomatoes.
Have horse flies been driving you nuts? Using repellants will give you some relief.
A newsletter for horticulturists. Growing beans in the fall, chamberbitter control, utilizing a rain gauge, and controlling cool season weeds.
The Florida Parishes produce an abundance of spring wildflowers.
Have you noticed toothpick like growths sticking out of your tree?
A newsletter for horticulturists. Industrial hemp and pruning azaleas.
Banana shrubs have a lovely fragrance but tend to look shabby in the spring.
Cucuzza is a unique gourd to add to your vegetable garden. They are edible and are popular in Italian cooking.
A newsletter for horticulturists. Planting for fall color, green onions, and buttonbush.
November through February is the best time to plant trees. Planting now will deliver spectacular fall color next year.
Finding plants that provide color in shady areas can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are some lovely options.
A newsletter for horticulturists. Fig problems, starting seeds, and ornamental peppers.
Spiny pigweed is one of the worst weeds home gardeners deal with.
Figs are one of our more easy-to-grow fruit plants, although at this time of year, leaf diseases are often observed.
Roughly 99% of insects are not “pests.”
A newsletter for horticulturists. Cool spring delays plant growth, blossom end rot, and fertilizing lawns.
Black flies, or buffalo gnats, are a major nusiance in the Feliciana parishes in spring.
Deer can be a nuisance to gardeners in certain parts of Louisiana. Here are some practical tips to help you lessen deer damage in your landscape.
A newsletter for horticulturists.Plant sweet peas now, cool season vegetable issues, mulch, and houseplants.
A newsletter for horticulturists. Plan fall gardens now, planting trees and shrubs, Camelot Foxglove
The orange dog caterpillar may look ugly now, but in a few short weeks it will turn into a beautiful butterfly.
Zinnias thrive in hot weather. A late summer planting will provide color throughout the fall.
Few questions come up as frequently as those about lichens.
Sooty mold grows where insects have secreted a sugary substance called honeydew.
Start planning for fall vegetable and flower gardens now and you will save time and money when its time to buy plants.
Following good cultural practices and scouting for insects and disease will allow homeowners to enjoy pecans year after year.
Mayhaw trees are native to Louisiana and do well in this area.
Crape Myrtle's vibrant flowers, long blooming season, disease and pest resistance, and relatively small size make them an excellent tree to add to your yard.
Scale insects can easily be mistaken for something else.
Most of our blackberry and blueberry plants have finished fruiting, so it’s time to think about pruning them and making a final fertilizer application.
There are still quite a few vegetables that can be planted now and in the coming weeks
Several types of insects make highly noticeable webs in trees.
Most herbs require minimal maintenance, and many are perennials that can produce for a number of years.
Here are some reasons fruit or nut trees may fail to produce, or produce less than expected.
There's a variety of reasons that this can occur.
Besides diseases that kill tomato plants outright, there are leaf spot diseases that can reduce plants’ productivity and sometimes infect fruit.
Wilting tomatoes are a common complaint. There are several possible causes.
Fall, winter, and early spring are recommended times for planting most trees and shrubs, but palms are different.
Just about any vegetable can be grown in some type of container.
It’s important to start spraying for Virginia buttonweed during the spring, since this is when the weed is more tender and susceptible to herbicides.
Mulching is one of the best tools in the toolbox for managing weeds in landscape beds.
Centipedegrass is one of the most popular turfgrasses in this area. It requires a smaller amount of fertilizer and less frequent mowing than some other grasses.
I want to share some resources that you might find useful for vegetable gardening, in general, and for gardening with kids, specifically.
Many people find St. Augustinegrass to be attractive, and it’s one of the best turfgrasses for shady areas.
Ornamental plants that bloom in late winter and early spring generally bloom on shoots that grew in a previous season. These should be pruned after flowering.
If you want to support pollinators, there are many options, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Volunteers with the Louisiana Master Gardener program have spruced up the landscape in front of the LSU AgCenter office in Amite. Plants are now labeled.
Composting turns "waste" into something useful.
Raised beds are often the best option for growing vegetables at home.
Site conditions include the amount of sun an area gets, how well drained it is, and whether the site gets more or less effective rainfall than the open yard.
Topics will include fruits and nuts; vegetables and herbs; ornamental landscape plants; soils, fertilizers, and plant nutrition; and pest management.
Making good plant choices is one of the most important aspects of gardening and landscaping.
Choosing disease resistant varieties is a way to save time and money, reduce pesticide use, and increase your enjoyment of the garden.
Choosing disease-resistant varieties is a way to avoid many plant disease problems.
The LSU AgCenter has a lot of resources that address a variety of topics.
Removing blackberry floricanes soon after harvest reduces the chance for certain diseases to spread from floricanes to primocanes.
Our growing season is long enough that we can prune blueberries soon after harvest, and the plants will have time to set flower buds for the next year.
There are several simple practices that can help you avoid leaf spot diseases.
Southern bacterial wilt and southern blight are two of the most common causes of wilting tomatoes in our area.
There are a variety of ways in which trees can be damaged during construction.