Monthly Archive: July 2013

Why Did They Cut My Trees?

 With hurricane season upon us, evidence of preparation is all around us.  Tree trimmers, contracted by the local electrical utility companies, have been removing trees, branches and other vegetation that is “too close” to power lines.  Many homeowners are concerned over the practice.         In order to prevent power outages, the federally approved …

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Crapemyrtle: For Summer Color in the Florida Panhandle

Crapemyrtle flowering has been spectacular this year! While most other garden plants droop from summer’s heat, humidity and heavy rains, crapemyrtle thrives and puts on an outstanding show of flowers all summer and fall. Thanks to modern breeders, there are all sizes of improved hybrid crapemyrtles with flower colors of lavender, purple, white, pink, or …

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Landscaping Before the Storm

Few things move a local homeowner into action faster than a big storm moving into the Gulf of Mexico.  After filling up at gas stations and running out to home improvement stores, many start trimming limbs and removing trees. The destructive tornadoes in the Midwest this spring may cause anxiety about having mature trees in a yard. It is …

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The 2013 Seed Workshop: Saving Seed, Saving Farms, Enabling Sustainability

Announcing… an exciting local workshop coordinated and hosted by the FAMU State-Wide Small Farm Programs in collaboration with the Ekanlaunee Seed Exchange, Leon County Extension, and local small farmers The 2013 Seed Workshop: Saving Seed, Saving Farms, Enabling Sustainability Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT) FAMU VITICULTURE & SMALL FRUIT …

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Short Course North 2013 “From Beaches to Woodlands”

Short Course North 2013 “From Beaches to Woodlands” Date: August 8-9, 2013 Daily Hours: 8 a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by: Friends of the Gardens of NW FL Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., University of Florida, IFAS For more info: Ttuttle1954@gmail.com Location: Santa Rosa County Extension Office 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton, FL 32570 Topics of Study and hands-on …

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What is the name of this plant?

Question of the Week. What is the name of this plant??? Please post your comments below. The answer will be revealed next week ! The answer is Brugmansia spp. Edward F. Gillman states in his publication: “This small tree with large, 6- to 8-inch-long, simple leaves makes a dramatic statement in any landscape. Reaching perhaps …

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Gaillardia pulchella for Summer Color

Gaillardia is a favorite one of many wildflowers throughout the United States.  It is a member of the Aster family, and is most commonly known as Indian Blanket or Blanket Flower.  Individual plants can reach up to 2 feet high.  They are heat and drought tolerant and, in Northwest Florida, flower from summer through fall. The entrance …

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Fruit Tree Options for the Florida Panhandle

Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to the landscape at home or even a great niche for the small farmer. Most people love the thought of picking fresh fruit off of the tree or vine and knowing exactly where it comes from.  There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account for a …

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Rains Promote Fungus In St. Augustinegrass

 Gray Leaf Spot is a common fungal disease of St. Augustinegrass. Recent wet conditions have promoted this disease. This includes high humidity, heavy dews and particularly frequent afternoon and evening rains.  The individual spots or lesions are first seen as tiny brownish spots smaller than a pinhead. As they become larger, they will be circular …

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Importance of Following Pesticide Labels

When you contact your local extension office for pest control recommendations you will likely hear “follow the label” over and over again. So, why do we emphasize the pesticide label so strongly when talking to both homeowners and landscape professionals? There are many important reasons why you should always read and follow label instructions.  The …

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