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Evergreen Shrubs for Year-Long Color

Evergreen shrubs don’t disappoint. Add them to your landscape for vibrant flowers, leaves and stems every season. Evergreen Viburnum Viburnum is a dense, compact shrub with pointed green leaves edged with creamy yellow. It has clusters of red flowers in late winter and spring. Though most cultivars are deciduous, the sweet viburnum is a diehard

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A Color Scheme for Cool Season

When you decide it’s time to pull out the warm-season bedding plants and replant your flowerbeds and containers, lots of wonderful cool season bedding plants are available here! The roles these plants play in landscapes and containers is to provide color. What colors to plant or how you combine them is mostly a matter of

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Q & A: Can I transplant established plants and prune my shrubs yet?

First let’s talk about transplanting….  Perhaps a plant is too close to another, it’s grown too big or just hasn’t done what you expected.  For whatever reason you wish to move things, it’s getting real close to the time you can do it.  If you are not a seasoned digger and know the long process

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Landscaping Pitfalls & Solutions

Pitfall: Planting too close to a wall means that there’s just a little air circulation between the plant and the wall, and fungal diseases can run rampant. Solution: Keep plants at least a few feet away from walls. Pitfall: Planting in straight lines (or curved lines, for that matter) isn’t a mistake per se, but very often

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Controlling Weeds in Flowerbeds

Louisianians take pride in the appearance of their landscapes, and weeds detract from this beauty. Along with being aesthetically displeasing, weeds in flower beds compete with desirable plants for water, nutrients and light and soon can get out of control. Most people rely on back-breaking hand removal to remove weed problems. Hand pulling may be

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Fall Mulch Tips

Make the most of your fall garden mulching by following some key tips. Fall Update Installing mulch in the fall is beneficial because it protects plant roots from extreme temperatures in the winter months and also helps to preserve moisture if your region does not receive enough precipitation. Cooler-Weather Curb Appeal The recommended mulch depth

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Amazing Azaleas for Fall Beauty

Azaleas are a member of the genus Rhododendron. There are more than 800 species of Rhododendron and of these approximately 40 species are evergreen azaleas. There are also several specials of deciduous azaleas. Deciduous azaleas are native to Asia, southern Europe and North America. The honey suckle azalea, or Rhododendron canescens, grows as a native

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Low Maintenance Fall Showpiece

Thinking of planting a new garden bed or plants to add interest for the fall? Ornamental grasses have seen an increased popularity with good reason. They are versatile, carefree and so easy to grow with virtually few problems. A wide range of sizes makes them ideal for any landscape, large or small. Don’t forget about

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Croton Is the Cure for a Drab Fall Landscape

Fall is just around the corner, but we know it feels an awful lot like summer. These temperatures are likely to persist for the next month, if not longer, and true fall color on the trees in the area might be months further away. The tropical croton (Codaeum variegatum) is the cure for drab Louisiana

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Fall for Landscape Planting

Fall is coming, and you are encouraged to add new plants to your landscape at this time of year. There’s no better horticultural time than now. Most people plant trees, shrubs and ground covers in spring, but fall is really the best time to plant. By planting in fall – October through mid-December – we

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