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

Few sights are more thrilling in the garden than to see rapidly moving hummingbirds darting among the flowers.

So favored are the jewel-colored birds, feeders are put up to entice them into the landscape. Even better are gardens full of plants to provide the birds gardens full of nectar that they crave.

Creating a garden with plants specifically chosen to attract and feed these birds isn't difficult at all.


LSU AgCenter

In addition to the flooding damage done to our homes, landscapes have also been impacted. Flooding primarily impacts landscape plants by saturating the soil.

Plant roots obtain the oxygen they need from the air spaces in the soil. When these spaces are filled with water for an extended period, the roots are deprived of the oxygen they need and they may drown.


LSU AgCenter

Oppressive heat and humidity are a part of the late summer here in south Louisiana-- as much as good food and music are a part of our local culture. Despite the heat, gardening continues for those who can stand it.

Flower beds may not be looking their best right now. Our long growing season and abundance of insect and disease problems generally makes it unreasonable to expect all bedding plants to hold up from May through October.


Fertilize in August

Jul 23, 2016
LSU AgCenter

As we move into August, gardeners need to focus on two important aspects of landscape maintenance. That's fertilizing and pruning.

August is the latest that we fertilize lawns, hearty shrubs, and ground covers. Now is the time to think about what you might want to fertilize and when you want to get it done as we get into August.


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I don't know about you, but when it's this hot, I'm much less likely to spend a lot of time outside. Perfect time to focus on the plants growing indoors.

Indoor plants have requirements that must be met, and the most important one here is light. If you can't grow a plant where there isn't enough light, just don't grow it there.


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