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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.

Is It Spring Yet?

Mar 7, 2015
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Weather is unsettled and unpredictable this time of the year.

We often have days in the 70s in December, January and February right along with hard killing freezes.

When we look at this time of the year, the question from gardeners often is, "Well, when does Spring begin?"

And it sort of depends on how you define Spring. 


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Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are perfect for those shady spots. Early spring is an excellent time to plant ferns in a landscape; it allows them to settle in and establish before the heat of summer arrives. So, if you've got some shady areas and you think ferns would work there now is the time to get them in the ground. 


Bat guano fertilizer
Chiot's Run / Flickr

Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in February and March as many plants are beginning to wake up and beginning to grow.


Love in Blooms

Feb 14, 2015
Bleeding heart flower
Muffet / Wikimedia Commons

For Valentine's Day, there are plants including "hearts-bustin'-with-love", "bleeding hearts", "love in a puff", and "love lies bleeding", and the "love apple".


Mike Bitzenhofer / Flickr

When construction is done around an existing trees -- whether building a new home or repairing a driveway -- trees can be easily damaged.

This can be avoided if trees are properly protected.

Jerome Collins / Flickr

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


How to Plant a Tree

Jan 17, 2015
Yellow Gingko Trees wrapped and ready for shipping.
roseannadana / Flickr

Friday, Jan. 16, was Louisiana's Arbor Day, the traditional time we celebrate trees by planting them. The ideal tree planting season in Louisiana is November through February.


Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


Winter weed killers.
LSU AgCenter

It would be nice to think we could take the winter off from worrying about weeds. Unfortunately, there are many weeds that thrive in the mild-to-cold temperatures. 


Tulip bulb
Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons

Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.


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