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Most Louisiana landscapes can fool us into believing we live in the tropics. It’s true that some winters are mild and tropical plants survive, but severe freezes do occur and can be devastating to those tropicals in the landscape. All it takes is one night in the low 20s or teens to severely damage or

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Mistake No. 1: Planting Too Late Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later. Mistake No. 2: Pruning

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Several of our favorite holiday plants should be kept from children and pets, yet often they pose no serious danger in small amounts. There are many other and more toxic substances to children in homes to be mindful of, especially cosmetics, cleaning products, and personal care products. The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), the most popular flowering potted

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