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."

Earth Day tree planting.
CEMEX

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs in the Baton Rouge area finishes up around the end of March.


Centipede grass
LSU AgCenter

The reason why we wait till late March to feed the grass is it's best to allow it to wake up, grow a strong new root system, and fungal diseases tend to be worse if we fertilize too early.


LSU Ag Center

Mid-March to mid-April is the best time to plant tomato transplants in the Baton Rouge area.


James Jordan / Flickr

Plants are solar-powered organisms. To be a successful gardener, you have to learn the light preferences of each plant, from direct sun to full shade.


Drift Apricot rose blossom
LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.


Swiss chard with yellow stalks.
Schnobby / Wikimedia Commons

During the late winter and early spring, we can continue to plant cool season vegetables, including Swiss chard.


Tomato starts
Ralph Hogaboom / Flickr

Raising your own transplants is not overly difficult, and it is a fun, rewarding activity for home gardeners.


LSU AgCenter

This has been a really hard winter in Louisiana. An unusual amount of sub-freezing temperatures has caused a lot of damage to the landscape.


Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.
arubyan / Instagram

The Baton Rouge area, like most of Louisiana, has experienced a colder than average winter. Severe freezes in January have caused extensive damage to tropicals, citrus trees, and palms in the landscape.


Arbor Day at Burden
LSU AgCenter

Friday was Arbor Day in Louisiana, when we show our appreciation for trees by planting them.

Trees are especially important in urban areas, absorbing heat, reducing air pollution, and cutting utility bills -- and that's just for starters.

Hurray for trees!

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