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Overcrowded daylilies can be divided and replanted after flowering. (LSU AgCenter file photo)

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Irises, like these in a rain garden, can be thinned and transplanted during August. Photo by Rick Bogren/LSU AgCenter

August gardening means going slow

It’s August in Louisiana, and we don’t recommend doing much in the garden or, shall we say, not much in this heat. Right now, it’s enough of a chore to help our struggling plants survive. It’s best to stay on top of watering, preventing pests and removing weeds from garden beds.
During summer, Southern turfgrasses and tropical plants are thriving. But most of our annual bedding plants, shrubs and trees are just trying to stick out the heat.

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Large, irregularly shaped areas of turf may die, and patches of bare ground appear. (Photo by Raj Singh/LSU AgCenter)

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Take-all patch creeping up in Louisiana lawns

Take-all patch, also known as take-all root rot, is causing problems in some Louisiana lawns.
The fungus is frequently found in turfgrass roots without causing significant disease, said Raj Singh, LSU AgCenter plant doctor.
“This disease can be quite destructive as aboveground symptoms appear after the root system has already been severely compromised,” Singh said.
The appearance of these symptoms generally coincides with periods of several abiotic, or physical, stresses.

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Pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat. )Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter)

Plants, the essentials of life

As humans, we need water, food and sleep. OK — more than that. We also need a good immune system, among other things. But thanks to plants and the sun, we as humans can eat, breathe and live. Ultimately, our survival depends on them.

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Garden centers have heat-set tomatoes ready for transplanting into your garden. (Photo by Rick Bogren/LSU AgCenter)

Use summer to plan your fall garden

Summertime is the best time to just sit back and enjoy your garden. And while you’re at it, you can start thinking about fall gardening.
Other than watering, occasional fertilizing and weed upkeep (mostly mechanically because chemicals can no longer be used in the heat of summer on turfgrass but can be used in flower beds), it is best not to take on any extensive landscape installations the next couple of months. Phew. You’re off the hook. What a relief. Spoiler alert: You still have that lawn to contend with.

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Nadia Dugas, 11, operated a lemonade stand Monday on B&B Avenue. She also offered cookies for 25¢ each at her stand. Dugas is the daughter of Danielle Leger and Yancy Miller. Dugas says she plans to donate half of her proceeds to the nursing home for bingo prizes and the other half she plans to use on an upcoming trip with her father. (Submitted photo)

Lemonade stand

Nadia Dugas, 11, operated a lemonade stand Monday on B&B Avenue. She also offered cookies for 25¢ each at her stand. Dugas is the daughter of Danielle Leger and Yancy Miller. Dugas says she plans to donate half of her proceeds to the nursing home for bingo prizes and the other half she plans to use on an upcoming trip with her father. (Submitted photo)

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