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It's hurricane season. It's time to look at the trees in your landscape. Do you see trees with large dead branches? Any completely dead trees? They should be pruned or removed. A sickly tree that is low in vigor or that is showing significant signs of decay or rotten areas in the trunk should be questioned, since it might be a threat in a wind storm.

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The fig tree was imported into the United States some time during the 16th century. It grows well in the south Atlantic and Gulf coast areas. Figs are one of the most interesting fruits you can grow in your back yard.

The fig was one of the first fruits cultivated by ancient people. Evidence shows it's been in cultivation since 4,000 BC.

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The blooms of a Japanese Magnolia are one of the most uplifting sights to see in winter. A blooming Japanese Magnolia is a horticultural groundhog, indicating winter is just about done for the year.

More often than not, when Japanese Magnolias bloom around town, it's fairly safe to say we are well on our way to springtime.

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Medium to large shade trees provide benefits when you put them in your yard. These benefits inclue air purification, the removal of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the air, and a moderation of the micro-climate in your yard and in your home.

Shade trees will keep home cooler in summer by blocking the heat of the sun and will keep home warmer in winter by blocking heat-sapping winds. But there's more.


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You may have noticed webs being formed around the tips of the branches of pecan and sweet gum trees. You may have also noticed defoliation under the webbing on these trees.

This most likely indicates infestation of the fall webworm. In the south, the fall webworm uses deciduous hardwood trees and some evergreen trees as a host.


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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.


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.


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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.

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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