Monthly Archive: July 2011

Upcoming events

Santa Rosa County Panhandle Butterfly House: Looking for somewhere to take the kids this summer? The Panhandle Butterfly House, located in Navarre Park, is open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit the website at www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org. Plant Clinic: Theresa Friday and the Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners can …

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Buttonbush: A Pollinator’s Favorite

Sheila Dunning Horticulture Agent Okaloosa County Extension sdunning@ufl.edu Beginning in 2007, the US Senate, in support of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, declared the last week of June as “National Pollinator Week.”  As humans, we depend on pollen-moving animals for one out of every three bites of food.  Without birds, bees, bats, beetles, butterflies …

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Ganoderma Butt Rot

Ken Rudisill Horticulture Agent Bay County Extension krru@ufl.edu Last month, as I was driving to work, I noticed a Pindo Palm that was definitely dying, or should I say, it was dead. I wondered what killed the tree. As I drove by I stopped and I quickly figured it out. The tree had succumbed to …

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Cicada Killers

Beth Bolles Horticulture Agent Escambia County Extension bbolles@ufl.edu During the summer months, landscapes are alive with insect activity.  The majority of insects found in home landscapes are not harmful, although the sight of a few may cause some concern.  One insect appears to be threatening but is not is the cicada killer, the largest wasp …

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Summer Lawn Insects beginning to Show-up

Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension tlfriday@ufl.edu The long, hot days of summer means they you are likely to encounter greater insect populations. Careful routine scouting and recognizing damaging insects and their beneficial predators can help reduce the need for applying insecticides. Chinch bugs Chinch bugs love St. Augustinegrass lawns. The adults of …

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Consider Re-doing Old Weedy Lawn

Larry L Williams Horticulture Agent Okaloosa County Extension lwilliams@co.okaloosa.fl.us I’ve seen people use herbicides to control weeds in an old, declining lawn. Then, with all the weeds gone, the lawn’s owner suddenly realized that he or she had no lawn left. Sometimes the best solution is to start over. Many older, thinning, declining, weedy lawns …

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Managing Trees Before a Hurricane

Carrie T. Stevenson Coastal Sustainability Agent Escambia County Extension ctsteven@ufl.edu One of the first instincts of many homeowners when they see a big storm in the Gulf is to start trimming limbs and removing trees.  The recent tornado devastation throughout the Southeast and Midwest has also caused many people concern about having a mature tree …

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Correct Time to Harvest your Summer Vegetables

Eddie Powell Horticulture Agent Walton County Extension pep5@ufl.edu The key to eating home grown delicious vegetables, is selecting the correct time to harvest. Below are some of the easiest ways to identify the correct time to pick your most common summer veggies. A Locally Gardener Harvesting Vegetables at Dragonfly Field Farms in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. …

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Gardening in the Panhandle Summer Issue

Alex Bolques Editor, Horticulture Agent Gadsden County Extension ABOL@UFL.EDU As we enter the second half of the year, July is typically hot and humid.  You may also expect frequent afternoon thunderstorms, as we have also entered into Florida’s rainy season.  Remember to stay hydrated while working in the garden and protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet …

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