Dan Gill

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenterââ

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6:32 am
Sat August 30, 2014

For Roses, It's Ugly Season

Rose bushes generally don't look their best this time of year.

Heat takes its toll.   

  

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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat August 23, 2014

It's Been a Hot, Dry Week

This rose bush is an example of how summer drought and heat can create problems for many plants in the landscape.

This kind of weather is really stressful to plants. It doesn't take long for things to start drying out when the daytime highs are in the mid 90s and the heat indexes are reaching the 100s. 


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WRKF
7:22 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Too Hot in the Garden? Hang with the House Plants

Lemon thyme

Successfully growing house plants starts with understanding their needs. House plants contribute to the interior decor, but they are not furniture, and they are not knick-knacks. They are alive!


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WRKF
7:02 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Last Chance to Fertilize, Y'all

Spreading fertilizer.

If you want to give your lawn one last boost, August is the time to do it.  Prune those shrubs while you're at it. 

  

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WRKF
6:22 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Pop Go the Mushrooms

Mushrooms often pop up in lawns following heavy rainfall.

After a rainy period in summer we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere in the Baton Rouge area. 


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WRKF
9:41 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Leaves of Three, Let it Be

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is abundant during the summer in urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. To deal with poison ivy, first of all you have to be able to recognize it.

  

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WRKF
6:27 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Pinch That Wilting Violet

Deadheading is an important, but often neglected, gardening technique -- it involves pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms. 


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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Hot Summer Herbs

Lettuce leaf basil.

Many of the popular herbs we grow languish in the heat of the summer, and some of them downright pitch a fit, including thyme, chives, and cilantro. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that tolerate, or even prefer, the hot, torrid weather of a Louisiana summer.


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WRKF
7:07 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Stop and Prune the Roses?

Apricot Drift rose.

Most roses are not especially happy in the extreme heat of mid-to-late summer. And, come to think of it, neither are most gardeners. But pruning some roses is something you might want to consider this time of year. 


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WRKF
7:22 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Humpty Dumpty, the Tree that Might Fall

Southern red oaks do not shed their leaves early in high winds. One result is that their canopy acts as a sail that can pull the trees over in a storm.

Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at the trees in your landscape. A tree that's sickly, low in vigor, and shows significant signs of rot can be a real liability during storms. In the high winds of a hurricane, trees with weakened trunks are likely to go over. The extreme rains can soak the soil so much that trees can topple over if their weight is not balanced.


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