home & garden

WRKF
6:37 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Stimulate Growth, Get Pruning!

Drift Apricot rose blossom

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat-flowering roses.


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WRKF
6:57 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Swiss Chard: Color and Nutrition for a Winter Garden

Swiss chard with yellow stalks.

During the late winter and early spring, we can continue to plant cool season vegetables, including Swiss chard.


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WRKF
6:52 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Your Home, a Good Place for Plants to Start

Tomato starts

Raising your own transplants is not overly difficult, and it is a fun, rewarding activity for home gardeners.


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WRKF
6:37 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Freeze Busted Citrus and Perishing Palms

Freeze damage.

This has been a really hard winter in Louisiana. An unusual amount of sub-freezing temperatures has caused a lot of damage to the landscape.


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WRKF
6:37 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Freezes: The Damage is Done, Now What?

Ice on Baton Rouge blooms, Jan. 24, 2014.

The Baton Rouge area, like most of Louisiana, has experienced a colder than average winter. Severe freezes in January have caused extensive damage to tropicals, citrus trees, and palms in the landscape.


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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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