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Controlling weedy vines requires determination and persistent effort over time.

My vine control advice is generally about 60% pep-talk, and about 40% technique and herbicides to use, because you really have to determine that you're going to take the hand of the problem and control the situation.

Vines are difficult to control for a variety of reasons.


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If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don't let the heat stop you. Nurseries have an excellent selection of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat the summer throws at them. These plants come in a variety of heights, textures, and colors.

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South Louisiana gardeners often make use of tropical plants in their landscapes. These are plants that are native to climates where freezes don't occur. Using them has some benefits but they also come with some drawbacks. Why do we use them? Because nothing else thrives in our landscape during the torrid heat and humidity of a Louisiana summer.


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Summer flowering vines can be used to provide color, fragrance, and interest to Louisiana landscapes. They can also offer screening and shade if they're allowed to cover an overhead structure. Indeed, no other landscape plants can supply the same effects as vines.


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The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to use controlling soil-borne pests in the vegetable garden.

Through solarization, intense summer sunlight can be used to control pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.


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Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


Child in the garden.
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Just as you would child proof an indoor room, it's important to take precautions in the yard.


An elephant ear wet with winter rain.
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Winter is not necessarily a time of rest for southeast Louisiana gardeners, even though our lawns, trees, and shrubs are dormant and we get plenty of rain.

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Introduce your kids to the joy of gardening and get them some exercise of their bodies and brains at the same time.

While you're singing, "Rain, Rain, Go Away," your plants are too.


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