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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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For a full year, trees work diligently pulling nutrients from deep in the soil to develop the year's foliage. But all too often, gardeners rake these leaves only to bag them and put them at the side of the road. These bags of brown gold then get taken to the landfill to serve no other purpose.

Yard clippings and other compostable materials comprise 28% of the material thrown into landfills in the U.S. This is an alarming amount of material that could otherwise be composted. Using fallen leaves in the garden is one of the easiest and cheapest solutions gardeners can employ in their own hard.

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Fall is an outstanding time to plant many of the hearty culinary herbs, including parsley. Parsley is part of the same family as dill, cilantro, fennel, and celery, which can all be planted this time of year.

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When azaleas are in full bloom early spring, you might think they're the most spectacular shrubs that could be incorporated into the garden. These charming shrubs are all the craze for two to three weeks of the year. Yet if an azalea planting is suggested during any of the other 50 weeks, many people scoff at the mention of a plant that is only green for the vast majority of the year.

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The cooler weather we've been hoping for is finally here, and the forecast indicates it's here to stay.

This season's welcoming temperatures encourage specific lawn diseases and weeds. Large patch is a prevalent lawn disease this time of year. Large patch loves cooler nights and warmer days. Optimum conditions for this disease involve temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees at night and temperatures not above 85 to 96 degrees in the day.


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Perennial verbenas can provide a long season of color to your flower garden. Verbenas are low-growing plants with showy clusters of flowers in a variety of colors.

The best time of the year to plant the trailing verbena are October through November and February through March. These plants establish best in mild temperatures.


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Medium to large shade trees provide benefits when you put them in your yard. These benefits inclue air purification, the removal of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the air, and a moderation of the micro-climate in your yard and in your home.

Shade trees will keep home cooler in summer by blocking the heat of the sun and will keep home warmer in winter by blocking heat-sapping winds. But there's more.


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One could argue October to be the most critical month for lawn maintenance. Work you put in now may not show immediate results, but that work will create a healthier lawn in the spring and summer to come.

This is the time of year summer weeds begin to finish up for the season. Simultaneously, winter weeds are beginning to emerge.


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Virginia buttonweed is one of the worst summer weeds infesting Louisiana turf grasses.

Predictions indicated this weed would become a worse-than-average problem this summer, thanks to the summer flooding last year. And the prediction was absolutely correct.


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The Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia is one of Louisiana's most durable petunia varieties and this year it's been designated an LSU AgCenter's superplant.

One of the most talked-about petunias in landscape gardening in recent years, the Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia has been one of the best petunias in the landscape trials at LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station.


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Though September is often still hot, gardeners are beginning to anticipate cooler weather. It's now we start to focus on planting cool season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter, and spring. September is a transitional month, with cool season vegetables going into the ground as warm season vegetables are remain in the garden.


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