Kerry Heafner, The News-Star

Kerry Heafner

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Past articles by Kerry:

Dogwoods: A harbinger of spring in Louisiana

A lot of questions about dogwoods are coming in, so let’s look at this familiar, yet enigmatic tree. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Early spring means one thing, gardening!

Early spring means one thing: gardening! And, if you need plants, you won’t want to miss the ninth annual spring plant sale put on by the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Association. → Read More

Kerry Heafner:It’s time to start seeds for gardens this spring and summer

It’s time to start seeds for gardens this spring and summer. A seed is really quite remarkable when you think about it. An embryonic plant is supplied with a temporary reservoir of nutrients and enclosed in a protective covering. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: What does organic gardening mean?

Organic is a word gardeners like to use. A lot. Probably too much. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Spring is around the corner: That means bzzzzzz bees!

Last weekend during the nice weather, I was watching my bees returning to the hive from destinations unknown with bright orange pollen baskets the size of basketballs! I just thought they were getting ready for March Madness! But no, they’re storin → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Let’s talk a bit about garden fertilizers

Local garden centers are stocking shelves with all types of fertilizers and questions are coming in about putting out fertilizers. So, let’s talk a bit about fertilizers. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Get rid of those unwanted weeds in your lawn

The office has had several questions in recent days about weeds in lawns. These are winter weeds, visible now because our southern turfgrasses are dormant and brown. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Should you buy trees from big box garden centers or nurseries that specialize in trees?

Plant fruit trees, shade trees, and shrubs now. Even though we’re in the middle of winter, root systems of woody plants are still very much metabolically active. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: How to keep your plants protected during the winter

The winter months can be a challenge for gardeners in our region. One minute, mild temperatures give us the illusion of an early spring. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Association plan events for the new year

As we prepare to say good-bye to 2016, let’s look forward with enthusiasm to what 2017 has in store! The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners Association has several events you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the first half of the new year, so g → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Your fruits and vegetables in the garden can be safe this winter

The first widespread sub-freezing low temperatures for our area are here and with them come some important tasks to get accomplished. First, if your fall tomatoes are still producing, they probably won’t be after this arctic surge. → Read More

Kerry Heafner: Planting fruit trees

Believe it or not, fall is the time of year to plant fruit trees. → Read More

Time to plant fall bulbs for spring blooms

Bulbs can be planted now through November or December for a reliable burst of color in spring. → Read More

Have a St. Augustine lawn? You’ll want to read this

One day, your lawn is lush, green, and thriving. Then, literally overnight, swaths of grass look as though they’ve developed a fungal disease. → Read More

Carrots great for new gardeners and kids

If you have trouble getting your kids to eat vegetables, if they grow their own carrots, they’ll not only eat them, they’ll like them! → Read More

Battle plans for war on mosquitoes

Old tires with water in them are prime habitats for mosquito larvae. → Read More

Signs fall is on the way starting to show up

While driving down Highway 34 on Monday I saw both wild clematis and goldenrods in flower → Read More

A primer on the fruit of the South — figs

It wouldn’t be summer in the Deep South without figs. → Read More

La. Super Plants can stand the summer heat

Garden centers should still have some summer color available with Louisiana Super Plants. → Read More

Emerald ash borer expected in NELA soon

Emerald ash borer reported in Bossier, Claiborne, Union and Webster parishes. → Read More