Dan Gill

Host of Bayou Garden

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

LSU AgCenter

The fact that many of the plants we grow as ornamentals are considered poisonous is a topic that horticulturists don't often discuss. After all, cases of people eating poisonous plants is relatively rare, and there's no need to cause the public undue alarm.


Prepare your beds

Feb 10, 2017
LSU AgCenter

When it comes to preparing beds for flowers, vegetables, or shrubs, you must do it properly to ensure success.

Before planting, do a thorough job of removing any weeds that may have grown in the bed. If it's a new bed, remove any existing turf. Be sure to be thorough about this as well. Turn the soil to a depth of eight inches and then spread a two to four inch layer of organic matter, such as compost, over the turned soil. Organic matter loosens the soil and helps with drainage.


Rick Bogren / LSU AgCenter

When construction is done around existing trees, whether building a new home, an addition, a sidewalk, or a driveway, be aware that trees can easily be damaged.

When damage happens, trees can decline in health or even die. This can be avoided if existing trees are properly protected during nearby construction.

LSU AgCenter

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill your tropicals.


LSU AgCenter

As we reach the new year, I thought a look at current trends in landscaping would be interesting. Technology and the age of communication are definitely changing the way we live, work, and garden. Gardeners will, with more ease and frequency than ever before, exchange ideas and be exposed to new concepts about how and why we garden.


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