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Gardening Clean-Up Tips: Getting Ready For Fall

Think the weather outside is too hot for gardening? Think again! Hopefully by now kids have returned to school as have you to the garden. Consider this clean-up checklist:   1. Hurricane season is still a concern. Stow any lawn ornaments that may float away, blow over or become air-borne. 2. Lawn fertilizing is finally …

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10 Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

THERE ARE MORE than 700 plants known to cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to potentially life-threatening. The following list of ten are most commonly available and pre-existing within the residential yard. 1. Sago Palm: All parts are highly toxic especially the seeds. It contains cycasin and at least three other toxins. 2. Aloe: It …

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The Great Outdoors: Enjoying Some of Louisiana’s Best Gardens

When the state-wide stay-at-home order is lifted, consider visiting some of the best gardens southeast Louisiana has to offer. It will be a beautiful and welcome change of scenery while supporting our local economy. Longue Vue House and Gardens, located at 7 Bamboo Road in New Orleans, has a Discovery Garden for children, and there …

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Landscape Design & Your Personal Style

Every great landscape, no matter how large or small, starts with a plan, an idea, a fusion between your personality and the style of your home. Whether your tastes are formal or naturalistic, utilize a straight-forward planning process to formulate your landscaping design. Examine current site conditions. These would include your house orientation as related …

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Planting Prep For Spring

Signs of spring surround us with the seasonal rise of horticultural excitement in the form of plant seminars, regional plant sales and tours that have been scheduled nearly every weekend until summer. The following are steps for preparing an area to receive plants.  Step One: Remove unwanted vegetation within the desired bed or planting area. …

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Know Your Gardening Seasons

Gardening seasons in Southeast Louisiana are not neatly defined on the calendar as in other parts of the country. Our four seasons are known as first-warm, hot, second-warm, and cool, overlapped by transitional periods. Be mindful that the transitional months between the seasons can have varying higher and lower than average temperatures. Examples of this …

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January and February Are Ideal For Roses

The beauty of roses has captivated people almost as long as they have walked the Earth. While there are several species of the genus Rosa, it is believed that the earliest known cultivation of roses began in China some 5,000 years ago. Since then, there have been numerous types grown for not only medicinal or …

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Fall Is The Time To Plant Trees

The best time to plant trees in Louisiana is from November through early December. During that time, the soil is still warm which encourages vigorous root growth, and trees will have several months to get established before next summer’s heat. Planting at this time is especially beneficial for balled-and-burlapped trees because they lose so much …

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Protecting Your Pets from Poisonous Plants

Pet owners can become concerned if their furbaby has injested a houseplant and questions “Is it poisonous?” Household plants can definitely liven up a home, but unfortunately some species are dangerous for your pets and could even prove to be fatal if they’re ingested. While there are thousands of species of plants and flowers, only …

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