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Pest and Disease Control

Choose insect and disease resistant varieties when possible. Keep the garden clean, neat, and weed-free, and be alert for early signs of trouble to reduce the need for pesticides. To prevent the spread of leaf diseases, water in the morning or early enough in the evening so foliage has time to dry before dark. Soapy water or insecticidal soap will control many insect pests. Read all label directions before buying or using any pesticide, and follow all precautions.

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 A brown clay pot contains a small bush with pink flowers.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases June 18, 2018
I love crape myrtles in the landscape. They flower all summer, and their beautiful exfoliating and peeling bark exposes cinnamon-brown trunks in the winter. It's no wonder that somebody way back when called them the Flowers of the South.
 
A butterfly gathers nectar from a yellow flower in a group of yellow flowers.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Places for Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife June 15, 2018

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Pollinators are important to flowering plants and the food supply, but dwindling numbers of some of these creatures, including monarch butterflies and bees, have captured the public’s attention.

Many people want to help. But what can homeowners do to support these important pollinators?

Jennifer Buchanan, senior curator at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, shared her top three tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden.

A pair of orange trimmers is about to snip off a spent flower.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens June 11, 2018

This past Saturday and Sunday turned into a typical work weekend in my garden and landscape.

It was hot and humid, and, of course, I was soaking wet. As I sat on a 5-gallon bucket taking a break, my mind wandered as I took a visual inventory and looked at the next job that needed doing. I have 25 15- and 25-gallon containers, 136 subirrigated containers and a bunch of 3- and 5-gallon pots.

Orange marigolds grow in a bed with purple blooms and green elephant ears.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Design and Management June 4, 2018

Marigolds are my go-to hot weather color annuals. Marigolds are great in-ground or in containers, and they add a cheerful and colorful brightness wherever they are planted.

Sunlight reaches a portion of mostly shaded light green foliage.
Filed Under: Flower Gardens May 28, 2018

One landscape plant I wish I grew more of is coral bells, known botanically as Heucheras.

I absolutely love the colorful foliage with a seemingly unlimited variety of textures that add interest in any garden or landscape. Some have ruffled margins, some have deep cuts, and others feature smooth margins. Texture is certainly on display with coral bells.

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Wonderful Water
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Wonderful Water

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 2:00am
Butterfly Bush
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Butterfly Bush

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Landscape Supertunias
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Landscape Supertunias

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 2:00am
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Salvia Farinacea

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 2:00am
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Bougainvillea

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