gardening

Gardening for birds

Sep 2, 2017
LSU AgCenter/Dan Gill

When you're gardening to attract wildlife like, birds, butterflies, and other insects, you need to think about what considerations might attract these creatures to your landscape.

To attract birds, you want to provide the precise type of water, food, and cover that will make them feel at home in your garden.


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When it comes to annual transplants, the month of September gives us a planting break. We're in a period during which it's too hot plant cool season annuals and won't be hot long enough to plant summer annuals.

The weather is much too humid and oppresive for cool season annuals to live for any period of time right now. Planting them now will yield you a plant that will hang on for a few weeks and essentially melt.


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Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of a second crop within the primary crop for purposes of pest control or pollination.

The second crop can also provide a habitat for beneficial insects, maximize use of space, or in some other way help increase the primary crop's productivity.


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Horticulturists at LSUAgCenter's Hammond Research Station are on the hunt to rediscover underused landscape plants that have performance potential in Louisiana.

This program is called "Plants with Potential."

A core component of the program is offering plants that can be propogated without restrictions. Many newly-developed varieties on the market carry invention patents, which can be costly to wholesale growers.


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Composting has benefits to the garden, gadener, and the environment. The number one benefit of composting is in the pocketbook. Here are some tips to getting started with your composting.

Make sure the bin is large enough to make the heat that is necessary to break down the material rapidly and to kill off weed seeds. One cubic yard is the magic size for compost bins. Sometimes with a new hobby, common wisdom says to start small. That's not the case with composting; bigger is better.


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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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