Monthly Archive: May 2013

Don’t Blame Pests for Dry Lawn

  When Northwest Florida goes through a dry period in spring or summer, many gardeners wonder about some mysterious pest that’s playing havoc in their lawns. Without realizing it, the gardener is observing dry spots which they are mistaking for a lawn pest. These dry spots are the result of imperfections in an irrigation system. They’re revealed during times of inadequate rain. During times …

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Protect New Vegetable Transplants

  Protecting new vegetable transplants in the garden can be very challenging for most gardeners. Continue below for a few tips that will make transplanting vegetables more successful:   Create A Collar: A collar can be made from a bottomless plastic cup or a waxed cardboard carton to protect transplant from cutworms. The collar should …

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Scale: A Major Pest of the Home Landscape and Garden

  Many different species of scale insect infect citrus in North Florida, and mid spring is usually when gardeners notice them on their fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.  Many different species of scale affect Florida homeowners and cause a host of problems in the garden and landscape. Citrus is particularly prone to scale infestations in …

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Choosing A Lawngrass

    A beautiful lawn can add substantial value to a home.  While providing an attractive setting for landscape ornamentals, a good lawn will reduce weed growth and prevent erosion.  Selecting the proper grass for a specific location is a basic key to attaining these goals. Five lawngrasses are commonly grown in Florida.  Saint Augustine, Bahia, Centipede, …

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Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

  Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) are familiar faces in the southern shade garden.  Although not originally from North America, they were introduced here over 200 years ago and perform well in the climate of the Florida Panhandle.  Here are some quick tips about Bigleaf Hydranges. Hydrangeas prefer morning sun with afternoon shade or full shade …

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