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All Seasons Blog

August Gardening To Do List

Plants like azaleas and camellias will benefit from a little extra water this month. Most established plants need about one inch of water per week to perform at their best. Water until you see run off, and the best time is between 6-10am. The morning hours are also the best for watering lawns. Turf will

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Attract Hummingbirds: Prepare Now for the Fall Migration

  In mid-August, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are back in our area for their fall migration! Since you can expect to see increasing numbers of them, stock your feeders and yard with plants to attract & fuel them for their long journey south! Did you know there are over 16 kinds of hummingbirds in the U.S.?

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Refreshing Water Gardens

In the heat of the summer, create a “cool,” refreshing water garden. Once the garden is created, it will relax and soothe your stress after a long day! Water-tolerant plants and a fountain element enhance a summer outdoor experience. Creating a water garden can be done from a kit or DIY.  Regardless of the method

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Made for the Shade Garden

Shade is a lovely place to be during the hot Louisiana summers. Gardening in the shade can be a nice relief not only for ourselves, but for our plants. We are all aware of how intense the summer sun can be here in Southeast Louisiana, so take advantage of those pockets of shade you might

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Think of ‘Falling’ Back in your Garden

Wow – cooler weather- a distant memory. But, yes, it is right around the corner!  Every August when we’ve had all we can take of the heat, think about three things:  the kids going back to school, football season and the fact that fall is just around the corner. In the climate that we have here,

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Pollinator Educator: Urban Pollinator Conservation Series @ LSU

Pollinator Gardening in Louisiana Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen from one plant to another. They are essential for the production of many crops and wildflowers. The honey bee is arguably the most important, but bumblebees, solitary native bees, butterflies, moths, flies and even beetles can also serve as pollinators. Pollinator declines have gained much attention

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Are Container Plants “Burning Up?”

No rain and extreme heat can cause many plants in containers to “burn up”.  Included in this are many plants that can usually grow in a sunny location with our summer heat.  Some plants are dropping buds and their blooms, others have scorch on their foliage and some are just curling up.  What can be

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Minimize Garden Pest Problems

Don’t you hate the possible plant destroyers we have here, like insects, mites, fungi, nematodes, weeds and bacteria to name a few?  With humans, staying healthy is a key to reducing sickness. Plants are the same way. The healthier they remain with your help, the less likely they are to succumb to diseases and pest problems. Good

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Birdbaths are “For the Birds”

A good source of fresh water will have the birds flocking to your yard! A bird has a strong need for water through every season. Having a birdbath is an advantage to anyone who enjoys observing bird behavior. Here are some tips for birdbath placement. Do these and birds will flock to their new “community

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Southern Chinch Bug

The following article and information is part of the LSU AgCenter’s  “Louisiana Home Lawn Series.” Description The southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber (Hemiptera: Blissidae), is a common insect pest in turfgrass throughout Louisiana. These insects favor thick thatch, full sun exposure and hot, dry weather. They are primarily a problem in St. Augustine grass but can injure

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