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Yellow Gingko Trees wrapped and ready for shipping.
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If you're planning to add some trees or shrubs to your landscape, it's a good idea to get this done as soon as possible.

The ideal planting season for hearty trees and shrubs here in the Baton Rouge runs from the fall into the spring and finishes around the end of March.

The reason we want to get these plants in the ground now, is the weather is cool, and we can expect another month or so of mild weather.

The transition from pot to ground is very stressful for the plants. Planting in hot weather increases the stress.


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Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives, particularly in the first two decades after planting.

Sometimes a tree may be pruned in some way to help it, such as in dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs, and stopping the spread of diseases. More often trees are pruned to adapt them to our urban environments, including keeping limbs from coming into contact with power lines, rubbing against the home, hanging too low, or obstructing views.

Home gardeners can carry out minor pruning, especially to train younger trees before they get large. Ask yourself why you think the tree needs to be pruned.


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January and February are excellent months to plant trees in Louisiana.

If you're thinking about adding shade trees, small spring or summer flowering trees, or trees for screening views, head out to local nurseries and purchase and plant trees in the next few weeks.

Arbor Day was last week because this is such a great time to plant trees.

For a medium to large growing evergreen tree is desirable, the Southern Magnolia can be a wonderful choice. It's well-known as a traditional tree in Louisiana and is native to the area.
Remarkably, the Southern Magnolia keeps its foliage year-round.


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Christmas trees are an important part of holiday celebrations for many people. Decide beforehand where you're going to display your tree, so you'll have a good idea about the size you'll need, and whether all of the sides will be suitable for viewing. A tree going into a corner, for instance, will only need three good sides.

Look for a tree that is clean, healthy, well-shaped, and has a straight-trunk near the bottom. It should have a strong fragrance, pliable needles, and good color. Be sure to shake the tree; avoid trees that drop a large number of needles when shaken.


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If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on the weekend, you're bound to see a parking lot full of cars, and a nursery full of shoppers.

Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nursery to purchase trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines. If something is going to be planted in the yard, most of the time, gardeners focus on spring to do it.'

But spring is really not the best time to plant great hearty plants, like trees and shrubs, hearty ground covers, and vines. Now, as we head into the fall season, is really the best time.


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