Dan Gill

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

Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are perfect for those shady spots. Early spring is an excellent time to plant ferns in a landscape; it allows them to settle in and establish before the heat of summer arrives. So, if you've got some shady areas and you think ferns would work there now is the time to get them in the ground. 


Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in February and March as many plants are beginning to wake up and beginning to grow.


Love in Blooms

Feb 14, 2015

For Valentine's Day, there are plants including "hearts-bustin'-with-love", "bleeding hearts", "love in a puff", and "love lies bleeding", and the "love apple".


When construction is done around an existing trees -- whether building a new home or repairing a driveway -- trees can be easily damaged.

This can be avoided if trees are properly protected.


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Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.


Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 


It would be nice to think we could take the winter off from worrying about weeds. Unfortunately, there are many weeds that thrive in the mild-to-cold temperatures. 


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!


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