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Here in southern Louisiana, high winds are a real concern. Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at your trees. Trees with problems can be a liability during storms.

First, check with trees with large dead branches or that are fully dead. Dead branches should be pruned. Dead trees should be removed from the property entirely.

Look at your tree's overall condition. A tree that is sickly, low in vigor, and shows sigificant signs of rot and decay in the trunk may need to be removed.


Iris in a rain garden.
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Here in Baton Rouge, we have received a teremendous amount of rainfall these past few weeks. You could consider it excessive. But, technically, how much is excessive rainfall and how should it be dealt with?

Frequent rainfall over very long extended period of time, such as one and a half inches of rain every other day for twenty days, could be considered excessive. To the contrary, one single heavy rain event, say five inches in one day, would not be considered excessive rainfall.


Sweet Bay Magnolia
Jenny Evans

The month of June is always a reminder of that Louis Armstrong song, where he sings, "Do yo know what it means to miss New Orleans." That's the song where the lyrics go on to say he dreams of magnolias in bloom and wishes he were there.


This is a picture of tea... for humans. This is not compost tea.
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The needs of our plants are similar to ours. They need to water to survive. But they need minerals to thrive. While humans might drink some iced tea for a bit of that sustenance, pouring iced tea on plants may not to much good.

But there is a "tea" of sorts for plants.


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It's not quite summer yet, but the days are becoming longer and hotter. Heat can be unpleasant for people and for plants. That's sepcially the case when they don't have enough to drink.

The hotter it gets, the faster the water either evaporates from the soil or is consumed and then lost by the plant. Landscapers should make sure gardens receive about one inch of water per week. That means there needs to be at least an inch of rain, an inch of irrigated water, or a combination every week.


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It's important to always use the right tool for the right job. Herbicides can be considered a tool in our garden. As gardeners it's important to understand the groupings of herbicides in the garden.

Pre-emergent herbicides take effect on the plant before it emerges, usually before the seed has a chance to germinate. Corn gluten is an organic pre-emergent herbicide.


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Edible landscaping has really taken off in the next few years. When we say edible landscaping, we're talking about the idea of incorporating plant material that's edible into a given landscape instead of growing edible foods only in a food-growing agricultural area.

The rabbit eye blueberry is an excellent addition to the landscape. It provides food as well as esthetic qualities. It's also a part of the LSU AgCenter Superplant Program. The program highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes.


Lee Rouse
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While our quick April Fool's joke on this week's program may have alarmed you for a brief moment, Dan Gill will be moving on from Bayou Garden and he's passing Bayou Garden off to the capable hands of one of his coworkers at LSU AgCenter, Lee Rouse.

Lee is the Extension Agriculturist for East Baton Rouge Parish for the LSU AgCenter.


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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.


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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