Bayou Garden

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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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Bayou Garden
6:36 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Freezes: The Damage is Done, Now What?

Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.
Credit 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.


Bayou Garden
6:51 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Celebrating Trees in Louisiana

Credit 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!

Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Camellia Flower Buds Opening Now

Camellia hiemalis 'Shi Shi Gashira', often called a C. sasanqua, provides wonderful fall color in semi-shady to full sun landscapes.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Very few trees are best planted when they're in bloom, but Camellias are the exception.


Bayou Garden
6:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice: Shorter Be the Nights

Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere.
Credit Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz / Wikimedia Commons

As the earth travels around the sun on Dec. 21, the days will begin to get longer and the nights shorter.


Bayou Garden
6:30 am
Sat December 7, 2013

When Plants Say 'Brrrrr!'

Tender shrubs covered with blankets. Covers weighted to the ground keep heat released from the soil from escaping on cold nights.
Credit LSU AgCenter

We have had some unusually cold weather unusually early in the season this year. Freezes down to the mid 20s have done a lot of damage, in particular to tropical plants in our landscapes.


Bayou Garden
6:46 am
Sat November 23, 2013

For Urban Shade, Plant a Willow Oak

Willow Oak
Credit Allen Owings / LSU Ag Center

With it's upright, oval shape, and relatively fast growth, it doesn't take long for the Willow Oak to develop into a nice shade tree and it doesn't require as much pruning as the Live Oak to fit well in an average urban lot.


Bayou Garden
6:40 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Which Herbs to Grow? The Ones You Use

Credit LSU Ag Center

Fall is a really good time to plant seeds or transplants of cool season herbs, including annuals like dill and cilantro, and perennials like mint, rosemary, and lavender.


Bayou Garden
6:57 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Fall is for Planting Trees and Shrubs

A 3-foot wide hole with sloped sides and only as deep as the root ball is ready for planting this 3-gallon Florida Sugar Maple at Burden Center.
Credit LSU Ag Center

If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on a weekend, you're bound to see the parking lot full of cars. Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nurseries to purchase trees and shrubs. But spring is not really the best time to plant them.


Bayou Garden
6:23 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Diamonds in the Garden

Diamonds Blue delphinium blossoms
Credit Allen Owings / LSU Ag Center

Blue flowers, like Diamonds Blue delphinium, are relatively rare.


Bayou Garden
6:41 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Warm Season Bedding Plants Look Terrible in Winter

Columbine “Swan Blue white” – Bicolored columbines grace landscapes in April with their stately flower stalks arising above the plant foliage.
Credit LSU Ag Center

Tender perennials have a lot of stamina -- they may actually look great in November when it's time to put the cool season bedding plants in -- but it's best to pull them out.


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