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."

Mesa Bicolor gaillardia
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.


It’s time to dig caladiums when the foliage turns brown and papery.
Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Pull them up and throw them away? Leave the tubers in the ground? Or dig them up, store the tubers, and plant them again next year?

The great thing about caladiums is you can get more than one year of colorful foliage for your initial investment. 


Louisiana iris is the name for a unique group of native iris species and their hybrids.
LSU AgCenter

Louisiana irises are in the most dormant stage in the late summer, and that makes it the most ideal time to divide them. 


Overall, citrus trees are fairly low in maintenance, and they're reliable as backyard fruit trees, but issues do arise. 


It's now that we begin to focus on the planting of cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring. But September is a transitional month, and warm season vegetables are also in the garden this time of year. 


Mark Claesgens

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.
Allen Owings

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 


Lemon thyme
Wikimedia Commons

Successfully growing house plants starts with understanding their needs. House plants contribute to the interior decor, but they are not furniture, and they are not knick-knacks. They are alive!


Spreading fertilizer.
LSU AgCenter

If you want to give your lawn one last boost, August is the time to do it.  Prune those shrubs while you're at it. 

  

Pop Go the Mushrooms

Jul 19, 2014
Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall.
LSU AgCenter

After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area. 


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