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Don Ferrin / LSU AgCenter

Have you looked around your lawn recently? Have you noticed yellow or brown patches that are beginning to spread and get larger?

If so you may have a disease in your lawn called take-all root rot. It's caused by a soil-borne fungus which is typically found around turf grass roots.

Rick Bogren / LSU AgCenter

When construction is done around existing trees, whether building a new home, an addition, a sidewalk, or a driveway, be aware that trees can easily be damaged.

When damage happens, trees can decline in health or even die. This can be avoided if existing trees are properly protected during nearby construction.

LSU AgCenter

In addition to the flooding damage done to our homes, landscapes have also been impacted. Flooding primarily impacts landscape plants by saturating the soil.

Plant roots obtain the oxygen they need from the air spaces in the soil. When these spaces are filled with water for an extended period, the roots are deprived of the oxygen they need and they may drown.


LSU AgCenter

I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, "When Mama ain't happy, nobody ain't happy." Well, you can substitute the word "root" for "mama," and you'll have an essential message for plants.

Always remember that the roots are the foundation for a healthy plant. And whether you realize it or not, much of what you do as a gardener is guided by the needs of the plant's roots.


LSU AgCenter

I get emails from all over the state, but especially here from southeastern Louisiana.  A common issue over the past couple months has been the myriad of problems caused by the excessive rainfall we've had.