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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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!


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. 


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