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On January 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

January garden tips

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  • Get those tulip bulbs that have been chilling in your refrigerator planted as soon as possible.
  • Plant trees and shrubs so they can get a good root system started before the stress of next summer’s heat.
  • Camellias are likely to be in bloom, so you can choose the flower color and form you like best.
  • Start tomato seeds indoors in late January for transplanting into the garden after danger of frost is over.
  • Trim dead or freeze-damaged perennials.
  • Deadhead cool-season annuals.
  • Transplant established trees and shrubs while they are dormant.
  • Prune trees and shrubs that don’t flower in the spring, if necessary.
  • Get your soil tested. If amendments are required, a winter application will make them available for spring planting. We have LSU AgCenter soil test kits available.
  • Don’t overwater indoor plants, which need less moisture during winter than during the growing season.
  • Protect or bring indoors less-hardy cool-season plants, such as cyclamen, if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Hardy plants, such as pansies, violas and dianthus, may be burned by a hard freeze, but should recover.
  • Cut the faded flower stalk from the amaryllis plants you forced to bloom inside, then place them in a bright window until spring when they can be planted outdoors.
  • Plant your forced paperwhite bulbs outside after their blooms have faded. They should revert to their natural schedule and bloom again.
  • Plant seeds of rye grass or wheat grass in containers for a spot of fresh green on your window sill.
  • Begin cutting back the dead foliage on ornamental grasses.
  • Don’t let fallen leaves stay on your lawn all winter to avoid disease problems. Either mow over them to add organic matter to the lawn, build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray or horticultural oil.
  • Prepare beds you plan to plant in spring by removing weeds, working in chopped leaves and compost and covering with mulch. No compost? We recommend Vital Earth compost.

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On December 2nd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

December garden tips

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  • Plant trees and shrubs so they can get a good root system started before the stress of summer’s heat.It's a particularly good time to plant camellias and sasanquas because they are likely in bloom.
  • Keep Christmas trees well watered.
  • Continue planting cool-season color, such as pansies, violas, dianthus, cyclamen, stock, candytuft, ornamental cabbage and kale and snapdragons. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
  • Deadhead bedding plants to keep them tidy and prolong blooming.
  • Protect or bring indoors less-hardy cool-season plants, such as cyclamen, if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Hardy plants, such as pansies, violas and dianthus, may be burned by a hard freeze, but should recover.
  • Fertilize cool-season bedding plants you set out in early fall.
  • Get your soil tested now so you’ll be ready to go for spring planting. Akin’s has the kits available to be completed and mailed to LSU AgCenter.
  • Sow seeds of larkspur, sweet pea and poppy for spring blooms.
  • Finish planting daffodils this month. Plant the tulip and hyacinth bulbs you’ve been chilling in your refrigerator toward the end of the month.
  • Don’t let fallen leaves stay on your lawn all winter to avoid disease problems. Either mow over them to add organic matter to the lawn or turn them into nutrient-rich compost by building/buying a compost bin or setting aside an area for a compost pile.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects, such as camellias, sasanquas, Burford hollies and magnolias, with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray or horticultural oil.
  • Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.
  • Prepare beds you plan to plant in spring by removing weeds, working in chopped leaves and compost and covering with mulch. No homemade compost? We recommend Vital Earth compost.

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On October 1st, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

October garden tips

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Plant cool-season color, such as pansies, violas, dianthus, alyssum, stock,  ornamental cabbage and kale and snapdragons. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Create fall porch displays with potted mums, crotons and pumpkins.

Plant these vegetables in October, says LSU AgCenter: Cabbage, broccoli (transplants), turnips, collards, kale, parsley, shallots, radishes, beets, leaf lettuce, celery, onions, Swiss chard, garlic and carrots. Plant endive, mustard, spinach and Chinese cab­bage early in the month.

Begin to plant trees and shrubs as the weather cools down and rain returns to the area.

Get your soil tested in the fall, says LSU AgCenter. Akin’s has the kits available to be completed and mailed to the AgCenter.

Sow seeds of larkspur, sweet pea, poppy and bluebonnet for spring bloom.

Purchase spring bulbs and begin planting daffodils at the end of the month. Tulips and hyacinth bulbs must be refrigerated for six to eight weeks before being planted in November/December.

Dig and divide crowded perennials, such as daylilies, phlox, coreopsis, daisies and irises.

Build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile. You’ll have plenty of fall leaves soon to fill it. Or you could use fallen leaves as mulch.

Continue a spray program on roses to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns.  Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Irrigate lawns, landscape and garden beds, including newly planted trees and shrubs, in the absence of rain.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.

Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Cut back perennials that have finished blooming for a tidy appearance.


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On September 1st, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

September garden tips

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Create fall porch displays with potted mums and crotons.

Plant these vegetables in September, says LSU AgCenter: beets, broccoli (transplants or seeds through September), Brus­sels sprouts (transplants or seeds), cabbage (transplants or seeds), Chinese cabbage (transplants or seeds), cauliflower (transplants or seeds), collards (transplants or seeds), endive, carrots, English peas, snow peas, garlic (late September), kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions (seeds, late September), parsley, snap beans (early September), radishes, rutabaga, shallots, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips and kale.

If you didn’t prune your everblooming roses by about one-third in late August, do it right away. Then add fertilizer -- we recommend Rose-tone or Fertilome Rose and Flower Food – and keep the bushes well watered for a beautiful fall bloom.

Continue a spray program to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Dig and divide Louisiana irises now through early October, replanting as soon as possible. Don’t let them dry out.

Get your soil tested. You can pick up LSU AgCenter kits here at the nursery.

Begin planting cool-season annuals, such as pansies, dianthus, alyssum and snapdragons, late in the month. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Purchase spring bulbs late in the month for best selection but delay planting until October/November.

Build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile. You’ll have plenty of fall leaves soon to fill it.

Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns. Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.

Cut back perennials that have finished blooming for a tidy appearance.

Keep annual flowers deadheaded to prolong bloom. Cut off yellowing foliage and flowers that form on caladium plants.

Apply Sluggo or Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening if damage from snails and slugs occurs. Sluggo targets only targets slugs and snails. Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening kills sowbugs, pillbugs, earwigs and cutworms, as well as slugs and snails.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.

Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.


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On August 3rd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

Tips for proper irrigation

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Our area has been lucky to experience some much-needed rainfall recently, but Louisiana's hottest, driest weather is often in August, so pay close attention to your lawn, newly planted shrubs and trees, and landscape beds.

LSU AgCenter offers these tips for effective irrigation:

  • Irrigate early. Morning water pressure is usually higher and foliage will have time to dry before evening, reducing the chance of disease problems.
  • Apply 1 to 2 inches of water per week to established lawns in the absence of rain. It’s best to deliver the water once or twice per week with at least 1 inch each time. Frequent, shallow watering results in shallow roots.
  • Determine how much water is being delivered by placing several shallow water collectors, such as tuna cans, around the landscape to check both coverage and inches-per-hour output.
  • Consider soil type. Soils with high clay content need several short, back-to-back cycles for water to penetrate, but hold water longer. Sandy soils need more frequent and shorter-cycle applications because moisture isn’t retained long.
  • Locate plants with similar water needs together to prevent over- or underwatering.
  • Irrigate newly planted trees every 7 to 10 days in the absence of rain by letting a hose trickle for about a half hour near the trunk. Newly planted shrubs can be watered with soaker hoses or sprinklers.
  • Check container plants frequently for dry soil. Watering every day, or even twice a day, may be necessary. Factors include temperature, pot size and material, type of potting mix, drought tolerance of a plant and whether a plant is in sun or shade.

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On August 3rd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

August garden tips

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Prune everblooming roses by about one-third in late August and apply fertilizer to the bed. We recommend Rose-tone or Fertilome Rose and Flower Food.

Continue a spray program to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Dig and divide Louisiana irises, replanting as soon as possible. Don’t let them dry out.

Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns. Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.

Keep annuals and perennials deadheaded to prolong blooming.

Apply Sluggo or Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening if damage from snails and slugs occurs. Sluggo targets only slugs and snails. Earth-Tone Bug and Slug Control for Organic Gardening kills sowbugs, pillbugs, earwigs and cutworms, as well as slugs and snails.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Irrigate lawns, landscape and garden beds, including newly planted trees and shrubs, in the absence of rain.

Remove suckers that sprout at the base of trees, such as crape myrtles, vitex and yaupon holly. Don’t leave stubs.

Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Direct seed broccoli and cauliflower in mid August.

Set out broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage transplants in mid-August.

Start planting turnip, mustard and collard greens in mid-August.

Plant a fall crop of green beans in late August.

Continue to plant warm-season ornamentals – it’s a long time till frost! -- such as begonias, gerbera daisies, coleus, marigolds, periwinkles, pentas, ornamental sweet potatoes, lantana, torenias, ageratum, angelonias and caladiums. Before replanting, give your soil a boost with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Cut off yellowing foliage and flowers that form on caladium plants.

Pull out and compost healthy vegetable plants that have finished producing. Discard, don’t compost, diseased plants.


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On July 12th, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

July Garden Tips

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It’s not too late to plant these tough customers

If your beds and containers didn't turn out the way you'd envisioned this year, it’s not too late to remedy the situation – as long as you choose wisely.


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