Monthly Archive: March 2012

Upcoming Events

Escambia County Garden Talks: Attracting Butterflies and Wildlife to the Landscape. Escambia County Master Gardeners will share information on plants and techniques that help homeowners create their own wildlife habitat at home. Programs held on Friday April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at the Escambia County Demonstration Garden, 3740 Stefani Road. Participants must preregister by …

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Fertilizers Are Easy

Rob Trawick Extension Horticulturist Jackson County rob.trawick@ufl.edu Understanding the numbers on a bag of fertilizer helps you apply the right amount and ratio of fertilizer your yard and garden need. Fertilizers come in different strengths and blends, with the three numbers on the bags showing the percentage by weight of the three major nutrients. Bag …

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Busy Bees

Beth Bolles County Agent Escanbia County bboles@ufl.edu Consider yourself lucky this year if your landscape is found to be a suitable spot for one of our solitary bees.  Late winter and spring are the times when these beneficial bees begin their development, causing interest and concern for many homeowners. Female bee excavates a tunnel in …

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Color in the Garden

David W. Marshall Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader Leon County Extension marshalld@leoncountyfl.gov The months of March and April are months of change in the garden. Winter is ending and spring beginning. In the beginning of March freezes are still possible. By April, though, the probability of a freeze, though not impossible, is much more …

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Mowing Magic

Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension A healthy, good-looking lawn isn’t the result of magic.  It’s from using proper cultural techniques and mowing is perhaps the gardener’s most important chore. Done properly, mowing can increase the thickness of the lawn and make it more resistant to weeds.  Done improperly, mowing can produce long-term …

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