a

All Seasons Blog

Yard Pest: Virginia Buttonweed

One of the worst weeds we have in Louisiana turfgrass is Virginia buttonweed. The spread of this weed has increased tremendously over the past few years.  Virginia buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) is a prostrate-growing, mat-forming summer perennial with radially spreading branches. It is easily identified by its opposite leaf arrangements and its four, white star-shaped petals,

Read More

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.?

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Squirrels: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em

Whether you want to invite the bright eye and bushy tail guest to your yard or let them know they’re not allowed over, we have tips for you to either attract or deter squirrels from your home/garden. Tips to Attract Squirrels: Providing feeders for squirrels is a must. Since squirrels will get into your bird

Read More

Health Benefits of Houseplants: From A to Z

These houseplants don’t just sit there looking pretty— they decrease stress, remove indoor pollutants and even make us nicer. Anthurium Flowering houseplants like anthurium help decrease our stress levels, which is becoming increasingly valuable as our lives get crazier. Bromeliad Colorful bromeliads look a bit like exotic living flower arrangements. They’re perfect for offices where their colorful blooms can

Read More