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From selecting the right plants to proper watering techniques and dealing with pests, host Dan Gill delivers the information you need to garden successfully in Louisiana's unique climate.

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Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in the spring. Plants are waking up and ready to grow in February and March.

Fertilizers are simply materials we put in the soil that put nutrients into the soil that plants absorb and use. Fertilizers aren't necessary plant food; plants use the minerals to make their own food... so plants do need these nutrients.


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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
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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.


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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.

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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.


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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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I often write columns on what needs to be done in the garden. I remember once meeting a gentleman who said his wife read my columns faithfully, then make a list of gardening tasks he could do. He made a suggestion for a column topic. He asked that I write a column about simply sitting back and enjoying the garden.

And he had a point. We often spend so much time working in the garden, that we can forget to sit down and simply appreciate what we accomplish.


Freeze events and citrus

Dec 17, 2016
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The possibility of freeze damage in winter should always be considered when growing citrus trees. A variety of factors determine how much freeze damage is done to a citrus tree when a freeze does occur.

The best time to plant a citrus tree is in late February or March. This gives trees an entire growing season to establish before their first winter in the ground. This is a real advantage.


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You may think that house plants are shielded from insect problems, but that's simply not the case.

When they do occur, indoor pest infestations can be devastating if they're not dealt with promptly and effectively.

Indoor outbreaks can spread rapidly because of the environment indoors. We often group our house plants close together indoors in well-lit areas. These pests also have no natural predators.


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Culinary herbs can be used to make all our cooking more delicious and they're wonderful for the yard.

Herbs can be loosely grouped into cool season annuals and warm season annuals. Annuals live for a single season then die.

What we're planting now are cool season annuals, which grow through the winter, get harvested in spring, and then die in the summer.


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