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On June 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Address pest/disease problems in landscape

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Gray leaf spot on St. Augustine grass

 

A healthy landscape is a thing of beauty, but there are plenty of pests and diseases out there that can wreak havoc. Treatment is most effective at the first sign of problems.

The top three we see and our recommendations:

  • Lawns: Brown patch (brown to gray irregular to circular patches), gray leaf spot (gray, yellow or ash-colored spots with darker borders on leaves) and red thread (tan or pink circular patches, pink threads upon close inspection) are the diseases we are see most frequently. They can be treated with Fertilome F-Stop, a granular product, or Fertilome Liquid Systemic Fungicide.
  • Fungus on ornamental plants: If your plants look like they have been dusted with confectioner's sugar, they have powdery mildew. Leaf spots on plants like hydrangea are caused by another fungus. Treat with Fertilome Liquid Systemic Fungicide.
  • Snails and slugs: Wet weather is paradise for these slimy pests. We recommend earth- and pet-friendly Sluggo.

And always remember to read and follow directions on the product label.


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On June 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Lure butterflies with these tips

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Everybody loves butterflies, but not every garden attracts them. Use these tips from Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Mike Livingston, who is in charge of the butterfly garden at the Randle T. Moore Center, to increase your chances of luring them in.

Butterflies like a sunny spot sheltered from the wind and large swaths of plants of different heights, colors, shapes and species. Provide a "puddling" area where they can get water and salt and at least two host plants.

Host plants:

  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Passionvine (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Rue (Rue graveolens)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum)
  • Pussy willow (Salix discolor)
  • Pipevine (Aristolochia fimbriata)

Nectar plants

  • Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)
  • Agastache foeniculum (Anise hyssop)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia)
  • Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
  • Butterfly penta (Pentas lanceolata)
  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)
  • Phlox (various)
  • Porterweed (Stachytarpheta)
  • Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)
  • Verbena (various)
  • Zinnia (various)

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On May 31st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

June garden tips

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Continue to plant warm-season plants, 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.

Plant seeds of okra, Southern peas, pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers, summer squash and cantaloupes.

Continue to plant herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme, mint and rosemary.

Plant seeds of fast-growing annual flowers, such as zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories and moonvines.

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

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch and chinch bugs. Treat brown patch with Fertilome F-Stop. Apply Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray to control chinch bugs.

Keep annuals and perennials deadheaded to prolong blooming.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Move houseplants onto the deck or patio for the warm months. Repot those that are crowded and performing poorly.

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

Maintain 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch -- chopped leaves, pine straw, bark -- in beds to hold water and deter weeds.

Watch crape myrtles for signs of powdery mildew and scale. Treat powdery mildew with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide and scale with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Control weeds, either by hand pulling, cultivation or herbicide. If you choose a spray herbicide, use it on a calm day and avoid application during high heat.

Watch for canna leaf rollers, which can decimate foliage. If present, treat with Dipel dust, Fertilome 2-N-1 Drench or Hi Yield Systemic Insect Spray.


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On May 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Sun or shade? It makes a difference

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One of the keys to choosing the right plants for your garden is knowing your light conditions. Use this guide from LSU AgCenter to help determine yours:

  • Full sun: eight or more hours of direct sun per day.
  • Part sun: about four to six hours of afternoon sun per day.
  • Part shade: about four hours of direct sun in the morning.
  • Shade: about two hours of direct morning sunlight or dappled light throughout the day.

Now that you know your conditions, here’s a list of some of the most popular bedding plants:

Sun to part sun:

  • Angelonia
  • Marigold
  • Zinnia
  • Pentas
  • Periwinkle
  • Sweet potato vine

Part shade to shade:

  • Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Caladium
  • Torenia
  • New Guinea impatiens

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On May 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Bring you little ones to our potting party

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Surprise Mom with a gift made by tiny hands from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 8-11. Participants at our children's potting parties will be able to create Mother's Day gifts for their mothers, grandmothers or other loved ones. We'll provide the plants, containers, potting soil and guidance for young gardeners to assemble their gifts. Cost: $5 per pot.


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On May 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

May garden tips

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Cool-season annuals begin to decline in May and should be replaced with warm-season bedding plants, such as begonias, geraniums, angelonia, coleus, marigolds, periwinkles and pentas. Before replanting, boost soil with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Plant seeds of fast-growing annual flowers, such as zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories and moonvines.

Plant seeds of okra, Southern peas, pumpkins, sweet corn, watermelons, cucumbers, butter beans, squash, cantaloupes, collards and eggplants (transplants). Snap beans, butter beans, sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers (transplants) should be planted in the early days of May to prevent poor fruit set due to high temperatures.

Continue to plant herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme, mint, chives, sage and rosemary.

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

Plant new summer-flowering bulbs and rhizomes, such as lily of the Nile and canna lilies.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If you identify an outbreak, treat your lawn with Fertilome F-Stop.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Bonide All-Seasons Horticultural Oil. Crape myrtles should be treated for crape myrtle bark scale with either Fertilome Tree and Shrub Drench or Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Watch azaleas for lacebugs. You’ll know they are present if the leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.


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On April 2nd, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Let us help you welcome spring

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If all the spring green that's glowing around town has your green thumb itching, drop by to check out our premium plants. Our greenhouse and nursery are full of fresh color with new shipments arriving weekly.

Not sure what to plant? Consult a member of our knowledgeable staff for assistance.

And if you'd just like to turn the work over to someone else, ask about our landscape services.

We can help you make this spring your most colorful ever!


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On April 2nd, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

Tackle problems before they grow

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Crape myrtle bark scale

 

Spring weather brings beautiful flowers -- and pests and diseases.

Here's a look at problems our customers are seeking help with  and our recommendation for treating them:

  • Scale on camellias and sasanquas. Check your plants for infestations by looking for small sucking insects attached to the underside of the leaves. If they're present, treat with either Bonide All-Seasons Horticultural Oil for an organic approach or Fertilome Systemic Insect Spray.
  • Crape myrtle bark scale. Look for black, sooty mold on leaves, trunks and limbs, as well as white felt-like patches on twigs, branches and trunks. Treat with either Fertilome Tree and Shrub Insect Drench or Hi Yield Systemic Insect Spray. To remove sooty mold from limbs and trunks, use a soft-bristle brush, water and a little dish-washing soap. Or use a power washer, making certain the pressure isn't so high it damages the bark.
  • Fungus on Indian hawthorns, red tip photinias and roses. Apply Serenade Disease Control or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide.
  • Weeds in lawn. Take care of them before they take hold with Fertilome Weed-Free Zone or Fertilome Weed Out.

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On April 2nd, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

April garden tips

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Begin planting warm-season bedding plants, such as begonias, geraniums, gerbera daisies, coleus, marigolds, salvia and pentas. If your soil could use a boost, enrich it with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Cool-season annuals should be at their peak this month. Keep them flourishing by deadheading and fertilizing with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Plant seeds of corn, cucumber, beans, peas, summer squash, snap beans, cantaloupe and watermelon. Transplant tomatoes and peppers. Improve your garden soil by incorporating Vital Earth compost.

Set aside a portion of your veggie garden or flower bed for herbs, such as basil, oregano, mint, sage, chives and rosemary.

Don’t dump your Easter lily after the holiday is past! Cut the bloom off after it fades and set the plant into a spot where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. It will go dormant in the summer but come back and bloom again next April or May.

Continue to plant roses, and fertilize established roses if you didn’t last month. We recommend Rose-tone organic plant food.

Continue a spray program to prevent blackspot on roses. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide.

Wait until spring-blooming bulb foliage has turned yellow to remove it.

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

Plant new perennials and fertilize established clumps with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Dig and divide crowded perennials, such as Shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, phlox and purple coneflowers, early in the month.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Fertilize azaleas and camellias after they have finished blooming. We recommend Fertilome plant food for azaleas and camellias or Holly-tone organic plant food.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Bonide All-Seasons Horticultural Oil.

Watch azaleas for lacebugs. Symptoms: leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.


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On March 1st, 2019 by Kathie Rowell

March garden tips

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Continue to install trees and shrubs into the landscape to get them off to a good start before hot weather arrives.

Keep cool-season annuals flourishing by deadheading and fertilizing with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Remove the old flowers and developing seed pods from perennial spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and snowflakes. Leave the foliage until it turns yellow and falls over so it can feed the bulb and create a new flower for next year.

Continue to plant roses, and fertilize established roses. We recommend Rose-tone organic plant food.

Begin a spray program to prevent blackspot on roses as soon as leaves sprout. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide.

Plant new summer-flowering bulbs and divide the established clumps in your yard.

Plant seeds of corn, cucumber, beans, peas, summer squash, cantaloupe and watermelon after danger of frost is over – usually mid-March in North Louisiana. Transplant tomatoes and peppers. Improve your garden soil by incorporating Vital Earth compost.

Apply a weed-and-feed product to fertilize your grass and prevent weeds.

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

Plant new perennials and fertilize established clumps with Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Dig and divide crowded perennials such as Shasta daisies, black-eyed susans, phlox, day lilies and purple coneflowers.

Apply Sluggo if damage from snails and slugs occurs.

Fertilize established shrubs. We recommend Holly-tone organic plant food for all woody plants.

Watch azaleas for lacebugs. You’ll know they are present if the leaves are white and green speckled and the underside of the foliage has dark specks. Control them with Fertilome Triple Action or Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil.

Finish pruning evergreen and summer flowering trees and shrubs. Prune spring-flowering shrubs like azaleas, forsythia and quince only after they finish blooming, if needed.

Add mulch underneath camellias, azaleas and other shrubs if coverage has thinned over winter.


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