Which Flowers to Plant For a Pop of Color?
We get a lot of questions about what warm-season flowers to plant in Louisiana. Questions specifically about Baton Rouge, Slidell, Mandeville, and New Orleans. To help, we have compiled a list of some common flowers you can plant, along with the sun requirements, distance from other plants, and the average height of each species. Taking these into account will be the difference between struggling flowers and a thriving flower garden.
We hope this helps with adding beautiful flowers to your landscape. Contact GreenSeasons for your landscape projects.
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It seems more and more people are growing food at their homes. It is easy to understand why with both the price of food rising and the manipulation of food by large industries. Who doesn't want wholesome food for cheaper than you can pay at the store.
What most people are finding out is it is pretty easy to grow food to supplement your regular grocery shopping. Growing your own food has the added benefit of getting your household excited about eating vegetables!
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Caring for Mums
Mums should be watered whenever you see signs of wilting or dry soil. Watering this way will average about three times per week in the absence of rain. A layer of mulch, even in a planter or pot, will help to keep your mums healthy. Do not water excessively since mums can get root rot and that would defeat the purpose of putting extra time into watering them.
Since mums flowering is so brief, they may not need additional fertilizer if they are in good soil. If you find they need a little something more, try a fertilizer with a higher rate of phosphorus (the middle number in the N-P-K numbering on all bags of fertilizer).
How to Grow Mums in Louisiana
At this point you will want to plant the mum in the ground. Till the soil a good six inches deep to loosen it up and mix soil that drains well. Plant mums eighteen inches and two feet apart. Add mulch, leaves or garden debris up and over the base of the plant to prevent freezing. In late January or early February, prune the tops of the mums to under one and a half feet. Begin watering mums in early spring as they start getting their new growth and color. Apply some slow release fertilizer, 20-10-20, when the mums start to grow to ensure they take off. Your mums should be established then and will return for many years to add color to your home landscape.
Alternatively, you could leave them in pots in a climate controlled environment until the following spring if you have the room. That would also mean having what would look like a bunch of sticks in a pot with soil in your home for months and most people would not care to look at that for so long.
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Pick a spot. Make sure the area has full sun for at least 6 hours a day and good soil. If it doesn't have good soil, you can always add some new soil or compost.
Time for some landscaping work. You can either build a gardening box or make crop rows. I will cover making a crop row today, but both choices work the same for growing watermelon.
Break up and remove any plants growing on top of the crop area. Till the soil and making sure to break up clumps of soil. If you have trouble doing this or are doing a large area, you can look into renting a gas powered tiller. Make Mounds of soil using your hoe. Space these three to six feet away from the next row.The raised soil will allow water to drain and air reach the plants roots. The lower areas retain more water also.
Level off the tops of your mounds and use either your spade or your hand to make a narrow one inch deep hole for the watermelon seed. Put a few seeds in each hole and pull soil over the top of the hole until it is even with the rest of your mound. Do not press or pack in the soil on top of your seed. Instead, water the newly planted landscape bed using either your finger on the tip of the hose or a setting for your nozzle that imitates rainfall.
For the next week, keep the soil around the seeds damp. About of a week or so later you will see signs of life. Get rid of any plants that look far worse than the others. This will allow for more nutrition for the strong plants. When your new watermelon plants are about 5 inches, add some mulch directly next to the young plants to keep away weeds. Make sure to not cover up your plant. I foresee a very difficult time for you if your plant isn't getting sunlight.
You are in business once you start seeing flowers on your watermelon vines. You can now water your plants twice a week, but only if the soil is dry. If you have gotten a lot of rain in your area, chances are your plants have had enough to drink. Matter of fact, watermelons don't like having water around them. Excess water kind of leads to disease, fungus and sometimes death for the melons. If your watermelons are always wet, you can lay out a 2X4, a piece of tarp or flat rocks and sit your watermelon and its vines on top of them.
Keep your garden free of weeds regularly so they don't block out the sun and consume the nutrients from your watermelons. Also, if you notice your watermelons looking discolored or weird you may have a fungus or bug problem. If you notice your plants or fruit missing, you have an animal or a people problem.
If you plant your melons in April, they will probably be fully grown by August. Smaller melons will take less time while larger melons take longer. To check if they are done, flick the melon with your finger and if it makes a lower pitch sound, it is probably ready. You can also check the bottom of the melon. If the bottom is yellow, it should also be a good sign it is ready. Do not water your watermelon for five to seven days before harvesting. This will give a better sugar to water ratio in your melons so they will taste great! Cut the watermelon from the vine and enjoy your hard work.
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What are the classifications of trees?
Basically trees which drop all of their leaves in winter. Examples would be maple, ash, elm.
Trees which hold onto their leaves and stay green all year. Examples would be southern magnolia or Douglas Fir.
Think of these as trees or plants that have to be cut back or die if the temperature drops to freezing for more than a few days. Examples would be palm tree, banana tree.
When is Tree Planting Season?
This is the best time to plant a deciduous tree. Between mid August to mid-October is the best time for a tree's root development. Planting a tree at this time will allow for the tree to adjust and come back strong the following spring.
When a tree is dormant, as in the leaves have all dropped, is the best time to transplant a tree. There is the least chance of the tree dying due to the stress of being transplanted. Be sure to water your plant if there is an absence of rain. Even though the tree has lost it's leaves, water is still needed to sustain it.
Spring is a great time to plant a tree, especially evergreen trees. The temperature is still generally mild for a long period of time and there is plenty of precipitation. There is a danger of root rot and fungus in areas having excessive rainfall.
New tree plantings should be avoided during this time of year. You should wait until the average temperature drops below 90 degrees. An exception to this would be tropical trees, such as bananas, and tropical plants in general, as summer is an excellent time to plant tropicals.
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