Dan Gill

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

Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.


When deciduous shade trees drop their leaves in the fall, most people just rake them up, put them in bags, and set them out with the trash to be collected. What a shame!


You may think that plants inside our homes are shielded from insect problems. But that's simply not the case. 


Harvesting Fall

Nov 29, 2014

Many of the vegetables we planted in Louisiana in late summer or early fall will be ready to be harvested soon.


Bundle Up Your Buds

Nov 22, 2014

Despite the relative mildness of Louisiana winters overall, severe freezes do occur, and they can be devastating to tropical plants growing in our landscapes.

All it takes is one night of temperatures in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or kill many of our tropicals.


The Scents of Autumn

Nov 8, 2014

Now is the perfect time to plant cool season bedding plants that will brighten our gardens and landscapes well into the spring. 

Gardeners often overlook the fact that some of these cool season bedding plants are wonderfully fragant. 


Stretch Before You Dig

Nov 1, 2014

The strenuous activity of gardening can cause problems, especially for those of us who get very little exercise during the week. Sore muscles, aching backs, and even sprains are common complaints of the weekend gardener.


Mesa series gaillardias have proven themselves as superior choices for Louisiana gardeners.

The large three-inch daisy flowers are produced in amazing abundance through an exceptionally long blooming season.


Louisiana irises are in the most dormant stage in the late summer, and that makes it the most ideal time to divide them. 


Overall, citrus trees are fairly low in maintenance, and they're reliable as backyard fruit trees, but issues do arise. 


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