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."

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As the days shorten and temperatures begin cooler, it's apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of the year. The growth of popular turf grasses, like Saint Augustine, Centipede Bermuda and Zoysia, begin to slow down this time of year. You should still mow your fall grasses to maintain a proper height.

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Perennial verbenas provide color over a long season in the flower garden. These generally low-growing plants produce clusters of showy flowers in a wide variety of colors.

October through November, and again in February through March, are the best times of year for planting trailing verbenas into your flower gardens. They establish best during milder temperatures.

The Homestead Purpel Verbena has been declared a Fall 2015 Louisiana Super Plant by the LSU AgCenter.

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Plantings of Caladiums are generally past their prime by the time we reach the early part of October, or they will be soon, and it's time to decide what you want to do with them. Your choices are: pull them up and throw them away; leave the tubers in the ground; or dig them up, store the tubers over the winter, and plant them again next year.

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It still surprises me that many Louisiana gardeners are not familiar with our native Louisiana Irises. Hopefully you have some of these wonderful plants growing in your garden, and if not, you should consider planting some.

Louisiana Irises can be divided and transplanted any time from August through early October, as they are in their most dormant stage now.

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For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September, but days in the 90s are not uncommon this month. And after a long, hot summer, these long, scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.