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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WRKF
6:52 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Celebrating Trees in Louisiana

Friday was Arbor Day in Louisiana, when we show our appreciation for trees by planting them.

Trees are especially important in urban areas, absorbing heat, reducing air pollution, and cutting utility bills -- and that's just for starters.

Hurray for trees!


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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Camellia Flower Buds Opening Now

Camellia hiemalis 'Shi Shi Gashira', often called a C. sasanqua, provides wonderful fall color in semi-shady to full sun landscapes.

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 11:39 am

Very few trees are best planted when they're in bloom, but Camellias are the exception.


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WRKF
6:02 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice: Shorter Be the Nights

Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere.

As the earth travels around the sun on Dec. 21, the days will begin to get longer and the nights shorter.


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WRKF
6:27 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What to Give a Gardener for the Holidays

Gardeners, think about what you want for yourself and tell the givers.


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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat December 7, 2013

When Plants Say 'Brrrrr!'

Tender shrubs covered with blankets. Covers weighted to the ground keep heat released from the soil from escaping on cold nights.

We have had some unusually cold weather unusually early in the season this year. Freezes down to the mid 20s have done a lot of damage, in particular to tropical plants in our landscapes.


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WRKF
6:47 am
Sat November 23, 2013

For Urban Shade, Plant a Willow Oak

Willow Oak

With it's upright, oval shape, and relatively fast growth, it doesn't take long for the Willow Oak to develop into a nice shade tree and it doesn't require as much pruning as the Live Oak to fit well in an average urban lot.


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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Which Herbs to Grow? The Ones You Use

Fall is a really good time to plant seeds or transplants of cool season herbs, including annuals like dill and cilantro, and perennials like mint, rosemary, and lavender.


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WRKF
6:57 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Fall is for Planting Trees and Shrubs

A 3-foot wide hole with sloped sides and only as deep as the root ball is ready for planting this 3-gallon Florida Sugar Maple at Burden Center.

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 2:33 pm

If you've ever visited a nursery in the spring on a weekend, you're bound to see the parking lot full of cars. Spring remains the prime season when gardeners head to the nurseries to purchase trees and shrubs. But spring is not really the best time to plant them.


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6:27 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Diamonds in the Garden

Diamonds Blue delphinium blossoms

Blue flowers, like Diamonds Blue delphinium, are relatively rare.


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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Warm Season Bedding Plants Look Terrible in Winter

Columbine “Swan Blue white” – Bicolored columbines grace landscapes in April with their stately flower stalks arising above the plant foliage.

Tender perennials have a lot of stamina -- they may actually look great in November when it's time to put the cool season bedding plants in -- but it's best to pull them out.


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