Lee Rouse

LSU AgCenter's Lee Rouse is our new host for Bayou Garden.

For a full year, trees work diligently pulling nutrients from deep in the soil to develop the year's foliage. But all too often, gardeners rake these leaves only to bag them and put them at the side of the road. These bags of brown gold then get taken to the landfill to serve no other purpose.

Yard clippings and other compostable materials comprise 28% of the material thrown into landfills in the U.S. This is an alarming amount of material that could otherwise be composted. Using fallen leaves in the garden is one of the easiest and cheapest solutions gardeners can employ in their own hard.

For a full year, trees work diligently pulling nutrients from deep in the soil to develop the year's foliage. But all too often, gardeners rake these leaves only to bag them and put them at the side of the road. These bags of brown gold then get taken to the landfill to serve no other purpose.

Yard clippings and other compostable materials comprise 28% of the material thrown into landfills in the U.S. This is an alarming amount of material that could otherwise be composted. Using fallen leaves in the garden is one of the easiest and cheapest solutions gardeners can employ in their own hard.

Fall is an outstanding time to plant many of the hearty culinary herbs, including parsley. Parsley is part of the same family as dill, cilantro, fennel, and celery, which can all be planted this time of year.

When azaleas are in full bloom early spring, you might think they're the most spectacular shrubs that could be incorporated into the garden. These charming shrubs are all the craze for two to three weeks of the year. Yet if an azalea planting is suggested during any of the other 50 weeks, many people scoff at the mention of a plant that is only green for the vast majority of the year.

Perennial verbenas can provide a long season of color to your flower garden. Verbenas are low-growing plants with showy clusters of flowers in a variety of colors.

The best time of the year to plant the trailing verbena are October through November and February through March. These plants establish best in mild temperatures.


Medium to large shade trees provide benefits when you put them in your yard. These benefits inclue air purification, the removal of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the air, and a moderation of the micro-climate in your yard and in your home.

Shade trees will keep home cooler in summer by blocking the heat of the sun and will keep home warmer in winter by blocking heat-sapping winds. But there's more.


The Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia is one of Louisiana's most durable petunia varieties and this year it's been designated an LSU AgCenter's superplant.

One of the most talked-about petunias in landscape gardening in recent years, the Supertunia Vista Bubblegum Petunia has been one of the best petunias in the landscape trials at LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station.


When it comes to annual transplants, the month of September gives us a planting break. We're in a period during which it's too hot plant cool season annuals and won't be hot long enough to plant summer annuals.

The weather is much too humid and oppresive for cool season annuals to live for any period of time right now. Planting them now will yield you a plant that will hang on for a few weeks and essentially melt.


Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of a second crop within the primary crop for purposes of pest control or pollination.

The second crop can also provide a habitat for beneficial insects, maximize use of space, or in some other way help increase the primary crop's productivity.


Horticulturists at LSUAgCenter's Hammond Research Station are on the hunt to rediscover underused landscape plants that have performance potential in Louisiana.

This program is called "Plants with Potential."

A core component of the program is offering plants that can be propogated without restrictions. Many newly-developed varieties on the market carry invention patents, which can be costly to wholesale growers.


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