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On June 30th, 2019 by Akin's Nursery

Garden pests causing problems

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The abundant rain we've had this year has contributed to ongoing fungus problems. We recommend treating outbreaks with Bonide Revitalize, an organic product, or Fertilome Liquid Systemic Fungicide II.

Be on the lookout for chinch bug damage in lawns as summer's hot, dry weather sets in. Symptoms include grass that turns yellow, then brown, then dies. Scattered patches can merge into one large dead area. Treat an infestation with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster granules or Fertilome Broad Spectrum Insecticide.

Please read labels carefully before applying any pesticide to prevent injury to people, pets and plants. Have questions? Contact us today...


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On June 30th, 2019 by Akin's Nursery

It's not too late to plant these tough customers

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Zinnias keep blooming when the heat rises.

If your beds 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.

Here’s a list of a few plants that can take the heat of Southern summer:

  • Zinnia: These candy-colored annuals light up your landscape. Give them plenty of space to aid air circulation, which helps prevent disease.
  • Angelonia: The flowers may remind you of cool-weather loving snapdragons, but angelonias are tough customers that survive hot, dry conditions -- and they don't have to be deadheaded!
  • Salvia: It’s not surprising that most perennial salvias are happy when it’s hot: They are native to the Southwest, so heat doesn’t faze them.
  • Caladium: Shady areas can seem dark and the variegated foliage of caladiums will light them up.
  • Marigold: These heat lovers provide color in summer-appropriate shades of yellow, cream, orange and rust. To keep them blooming, deadhead frequently.
  • Periwinkle: Among the few plants that will withstand reflected heat from driveways and sidewalks, periwinkles require well-drained soil.
  • Pentas: These butterfly magnets like full to partial sun and will keep pumping out flowers if they are deadheaded occasionally.
  • Torenia: Looking for color in a shady spot? Torenia is a native of Vietnam so it's well suited to Louisiana's heat and humidity.
  • Sweet potato vine: A great spiller for container plantings, sweet potato vines grow like kudzu when it gets hot. In fact, you’ll probably need to pinch the ends to keep them full and bushy instead of crawling throughout your landscape.
  • Lantana: It's never too late to add heat-loving lantana. Know what you're buying, though, if space is an issue. While some lantanas maintain a low, mounding habit, others can reach 5 feet tall and wide in a single growing season.

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On June 30th, 2019 by Akin's Nursery

July garden tips

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  • Plant seeds of fast-growing annual flowers, such as zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories and moonvines.
  • Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns. Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster, Fertilome Systemic Insect Spray or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.
  • Deadhead roses and continue a spray program to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Bonide Revitalize for organic gardeners.
  • Avoid fertilizing roses in the heat of the summer, even if flowering slows. Intense heat, not lack of fertility, is the problem. Wait until late August/early September to lightly fertilize for a nice fall bloom.
  • Keep annuals and perennials deadheaded and well watered 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 also kills sowbugs, pillbugs, earwigs and cutworms.
  • Set out heat-tolerant tomato transplants.
  • Plant pumpkin seeds by mid-July for Halloween harvest.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects, such as crape myrtles, with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray. Apply early or late, not in the heat of the day.
  • Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Bonide Revitalize for gardeners who prefer organic products.
  • Prune azaleas, hydrangeas and gardenias, if needed, before mid-July to avoid cutting off next year’s blooms.
  • Irrigate lawns and landscape and vegetable gardens in the absence of rain. Be sure to water the soil deeply. Light sprinkling does more harm than good.
  • Remove suckers that sprout at the base of trees, such as crape myrtles, vitex and yaupon holly. Don't leave stubs.
  • Give your soil a boost with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food if you decide to replant your beds.
  • Plant seeds of okra, Southern peas, watermelons, cucumbers, summer squash and cantaloupes.
  • Treat white flies and the accompanying sooty mold on gardenias with an application of Fertilome Systemic Insect Spray. Apply early or late, not in the heat of the day.
  • For a healthy lawn, mow it to the proper height for the type of grass LSU AgCenter recommends: bermudagrass, 1 to 2 inches; zoysia, 1 to 2.5 inches; centipedegrass, 1 to 2.5 inches; St. Augustinegrass, 2.5 to 3 inches.
  • Pick produce regularly to keep vegetable plants producing as long as possible.

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On June 1st, 2019 by Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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 Akin's Nursery

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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