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2016-06-30

Lemon Ginger

2016-06-22

Customer: I have fungus growing all over my trees. How can I get rid of it?

Photo of Lichens attached to a tree branch
ANSWER:
I've been asked this question many, many times while visiting customers yards. Believe it not, it doesn't harm the tree . It's called Linchen.  It's a composite organism that rises from algae or cyanobacteria living filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. 💗   In short, Fungus and Algae living together. 
Lichens do not have roots, but absorb moisture directly into their tissues. In fact a Linchen is not even one organism. One fungus joins with one green algae or photosynthetic bacteria called cyanobacteria, and sometimes both. This special biological relationship is know as symbiosis.
Lichens are the most under appreciated organisms on the planet. They don't need soil to grow, they are actually one of the main agents needed in creating soil. If you touch Lichen with your hands, more than likely you'll kill it. It's much like coral.
If you would like to get it off your trees, you can trim your tree to allow more airflow and sun to flow through. Lichens thrive in shady, humid, moist areas. 

The company Yates  has a product on the market called "Lime Sulfur".  It's used for killing fungus, and you can use it on some edibles. If you decide to purchase this product, please carefully follow their directions on the container before spraying anything. 



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2016-06-15

PLANTS THAT ATTRACT WILDLIFE



Gardens aren't for people alone. Since the Garden of Eden, many home gardens have served as beautiful refuges for birds, butterflies, squirrels, and other wildlife. Attracting wildlife means supplying three main things. Food, water, and shelter. A shallow pool about an inch deep of water, is just right for birds and butterflies. Nectar -producing flowers such as Mexican sunflowers, and Lantana, and common ginger lilies are top targets for hummingbirds and butterflies. Thick plant borders such as Pampas grass help birds and other wildlife feel secure. 


PLANTS THAT ATTRACT WILDLIFE


FOR BUTTERFLY LARVAE

Aster
Butterfly Weed
Dill
Joe-Pye Weed
Maypop
Parsley
Sweet Bay Magnolia


FOR ADULT BUTTERFLIES

Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Weed
Common Ginger Lily
Common Zinnia
Cosmos
Fern leaf Yarrow
Glossy Abelia
Golden Rod
Impatients
Joe-Pye Weed
Lantana
Mexican Sunflower
Shasta Daisy

FOR FRUIT AND SEED EATING BIRDS

Crabapple
Dogwood
Eastern Red Cedar
Elaeagnus
Pyracantha
Holly

FOR HUMMINGBIRDS

Bee Balm
Cardinal Flower
Common Ginger Lily
Impatients
Lantana
Mexican Sunflower
Pentas
Perennial Phlox
Tiger Lily
Trumpet Creeper 

2016-06-13

The Health Benefit Of Shell Ginger

                                                       Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet )

I was walking outside my yard this morning and noticed that my Shell Ginger that I planted 2 years ago was finally blooming.      
There are hundreds of varieties of Shell Ginger and they are becoming popular indoor and outdoors as a tropical perennial plant. We usually plant shell Ginger when a customer is requesting a tropical landscape. They make a great filler. I read an interesting article some time back about the health benefits of Shell Ginger, and thought it was very interesting to know that in Okinawa, Japan the foliage is used to to make warp rice dumplings, thanks to their antiviral, and antibacterial action and good aroma. Modern research has shown that Shell Ginger contains high concentrations of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. Scientist have made a recent experiment on worms and discovered that those fed a daily diet lived on an average 22.6 longer.  A Polyphenol is an organic chemical that is widely know to protect people from certain health problems and the effects of aging. For hundreds of years its benefits has been seen in the local people in Okinawa who have drank Shell Ginger Tea and whose life span is one of the longest in the world.


Makise Lifeup Labatory on Okinawa are quite convinced that Shell Ginger will be the next                  "Superfood".



2016-06-10

What is a Landscape Contractor?


What is a Landscape Contractor?
Landscape contractors can improve the look of your yard or business grounds. They have the expertise to perform seeding, mowing, mulching, planting, and even debris removal. Landscape contracting can be a sub specialty of general contracting. Professionals within this industry may also be called landscapers. They may also provide general lawn care and maintenance, edging, garden design, landscape architecture, and installation of sprinkler systems. Some have a niche and offer special services to residential and commercial customers, such as landscape lighting or plantation landscaping. They may be able to come up with design ideas and suggestions as to which type of landscaping would be right for your backyard, front yard, or business premises.
Landscape contractors can be hired on a regular basis to provide lawn care, planting, and backyard garden design. They are also called in to work on construction projects of new city parks or multiple home projects. Many landscape contractors feature websites, where they show off all their previous projects utilizing helpful before-and-after photos. Such landscapers can be part of a large company or work as an independent contractor.
As part of their jobs, landscape contractors can supply ideas, plant flowers such as roses, or give tips on architecture and how it relates to the surrounding landscape. These professionals should have the proper licenses and certifications, with trade schooling and/or on-the-job training to learn the ropes. He or she must possess a love of plants, garden design, and technical aspects, such as installation of sprinkler systems and lighting. 

How to care for Wave Petunias

These plants want to grow and thrive, and seem to increase on a daily basis. Plant them in full sun in moist, well drained soil. Keep the soil moist, but never soggy. Unlike other Petunias these never need to be pruned or deadheaded. They can spread up to 4 feet. The more established the plant, the more heat tolerant it is. Plant Wave Petunias as soon as you can in the early spring. If the leaves start turning yellow, that's an indication that they need to be fertilized with a slow release 20-20-20 fertilizer.

2016-06-09

Recommended Grass For Louisiana Lawns

If you live in Lafayette, Louisiana you are living in Zone 9 Climate Zone. 
I'm sharing this useful Lawn Grasses Chart so you'll know what type of grass you should plant. 



2016-06-08

What to think about when you're designing your landscape...


There are so many millions of plants that you could use in your garden. But they fall under different categories. So when you're designing your landscape, you want to make sure that you design your garden for the plants that you will enjoy and that will look good in your landscape. First of all, you want to have trees in your landscape. If you have a small city lot, you want to make sure that you don't select large trees that are going to grow 40 feet tall and 40 feet wide. You'll want to select smaller trees such as Crape Myrtles, Maples or Lilacs. If you have a larger property, go with the larger trees. Next you will want to select your shrubs. Azaleas, Boxwoods, Camellias, and maybe even an assortment of some smaller ornamental grasses. The next step would be to select annuals and perennials. Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Annuals have a season span of about 6-8 months. In Lafayette, Louisiana we have two major planting seasons for annuals. Spring and fall.  Once you have all of your plants selected you'll be able to enjoy your landscape all year round. 

2016-06-07

Hawaii State Flower

Hawaii State Flower is the yellow Hibiscus. Also known as the pua aloalo. After a couple of days of rain here in Lafayette, Louisiana, mine has produced many buds and blooms.

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

My Red Rocket Crape Myrtle is blooming so pretty this year. I just wanted to point out the perfect star in the center if the bloom. ♡