home & garden

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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WRKF
6:32 am
Sat May 31, 2014

What's Missing From Your Soil?

Plants get certain nutrients from the soil, elements like nitrogen and phosphorus. Using fertilizer ensures there's an ample supply of these nutrients.


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WRKF
6:17 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Tomato Trials and Triumphs

Of all the vegetables we grow in our gardens, tomatoes remain the most popular. And why not? Tomatoes form a very important part of Louisiana cuisine. But growing tomatoes is not without its challenges.


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WRKF
6:42 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Hearty Hibiscus

Strawberry Swirl hibiscus.

Louisiana gardeners have long loved the tropical hibiscus, but as this past winter has shown us, they're not reliably hearty. But there are hearty hibiscuses, that will take the cold and come back and bloom year after year.


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WRKF
6:27 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Blooming in the Shade

Baby Wing Pink begonia.

If you want to provide color on your patios and porches, there are lots of bedding plants that will bloom their hearts out through the heat of summer.


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