Monthly Archive: June 2013

What’s Killing My Magnolia Leaves?

We love our native magnolias in part because they are tough, easy to care for trees. The mainstay of southern gardens, they grace us with attractive thick, waxy leaves year round and sublimely fragrant and graceful blooms. However, this past spring brought conditions that encouraged a fungal leaf disease known as anthracnose, most noticeably on …

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Caladiums Made For Shade, Offer Summer Color

Gardeners crave color in shady areas of their landscapes just as much as they do in sunny areas. Unfortunately, shade-loving plants generally are not so flamboyant, and the selection of colorful bedding plants for shady gardens is limited.     Thank goodness for caladiums. Even in fairly heavy shade they can be counted on to …

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Panhandle Watermelon Festival June 28th & 29th !

Come to Washington County Florida to celebrate the Watermelon at the 57th annual Watermelon Festival !   Watermelon harvest  in the central Florida Panhandle is actually a week or two late, but there will be plenty of melons at the Festival This slight delay in harvest is due to the near 100 degree temperatures and lack of …

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A Different View on Hydrangeas

There are a couple of possibilities for gardeners who are looking for something a little different than the old favorite French hydrangea.  If you want to make your neighbor’s and gardening friends envious, consider adding one of the following selections to your garden. The first to consider is the ‘Limelight’ hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)  which is …

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Slime Mold – Only A Cosmetic Problem

Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn, the incidence of slime mold is rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the reproductive structures of an array of different organisms, classified as plasmodia or Protista, which are regularly present in the soil. They are often mistaken for fungi. The different types are referred …

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Tree Cattle are Harmless

Many people are noticing small insects on trunks and branches of their trees. When disturbed, these insects move in a group and are commonly called tree cattle because of this herding habit. They are ¼ inch brownish-black insects with white markings. Some people assume that these insects will injure their trees but they are harmless. …

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North Florida Climate Will Soon Favor Fairy Rings

Soil temperatures and weather conditions are becoming favorable for the development of fairy ring in the landscape. Most commonly observed as a circular ring of mushroom growing on lawns and gardens, the ring of mushroom growth, termed “fairy ring”, has its origin in fairy-tale and superstition. However, it is the result of various basidiomycete fungi …

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Aquaponics 101 workshop

Aquaponics is an exciting system where fish and plants grow in harmony. The aquaponic system can be a fun project for the home gardener but can also become a successful farming venture.  Come and learn the basics of growing fish and plants together in an AQUAPONICS system. Date: June 25th     Time: 8:00am-3:30pm     Cost: $25 Locations: UF/IFAS Extension Escambia …

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2013 Turfgrass Expo & Field Day

There is something for the professional and homeowner at the 19th Annual Turfgrass Expo & Field Day. You’ll see and learn the newest in the areas of lawn grass varieties, weed control and many other topics related to selecting, establishing and maintaining a Florida lawn. This University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) …

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Spittlebugs: an IPM approach

In recent weeks Spittlebugs have been found everywhere in the western parts of the panhandle.  Spittlebugs are the little black and orange insects you find everywhere in early June.  The adult spittlebug is about 1/4 inch long and has two orange lines across its back.  You may notice them flying on you while you mow …

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