Monthly Archive: September 2013

The Chinese Tallow: Invasive by Any Name

With autumn fast approaching, many landowners are looking to add fall color to their landscapes. Unfortunately, many will choose tree varieties based on their fall foliage rather than the possibility of it being an invasive species. One tree that provides beautiful fall color is the Chinese Tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum (L.) also known as the Popcorn …

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We Had Plenty of Rain; Why Are My Trees Dying?

  Most trees are not well adapted to saturated soil conditions.  With nearly daily rainfall this spring and summer, sometimes in record amounts, the ground became inundated with water.  When the root environment is dramatically changed by excess moisture, especially during the growing season, a tree’s entire physiology is altered. This condition may result in the death …

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Art & Garden Festival, Saturday October 5, at NFREC-Quincy

   The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences presents “Art & Garden,” Saturday October 5, at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. The free event will highlight creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening.  Spend the day learning, discovering and engaging in fun activities …

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Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation

It has been a hot summer but Fall is right around the corner.  Cooler temperatures and changing colors are a welcomed change in the panhandle of Florida.  Fall can be a great time to spruce up your landscape with some new shrubs.     It may be time for your landscape to receive a mini-makeover …

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What’s Wrong With My Sago Palm?

king sago palm with manganese deficiency symptoms

Is the newest growth on your sago palm turning yellow, brown, frizzy looking and dying – is it a pest or disease or something else? This sago palm is suffering from a classic case of manganese deficiency. When sago palms lack manganese, the newest leaves will develop yellow splotches or be entirely yellow. As the …

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Sneaky Snails

Occasionally on shipments of container plants, snails (terrestrial air-breathing gastropods) may be found attached to the container pot. Snails are abundant in nearly all parts of the world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation. Those mostly encountered on nursery container plants are cone shaped reaching 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches in …

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The Truth About Lovebugs

Contrary to popular belief, lovebugs were not introduced to the state by the University of Florida. This insect is an invasive species from Central America. Lovebugs migrated from Central America, traveling through Texas and Louisiana to get to Florida. They were first reported in Florida during the late 1940s. They are now found throughout the …

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Pause Before Pruning Azaleas This Fall

    Although Northwest Florida is well known for its beautiful Azalea displays every spring, many do not understand that these shows of bloom could be sacrificed completely by pruning at the wrong time. Pruning Azaleas in the fall will result in a loss of spring bloom the following year because most bloom on previous …

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Seasons Changing – Or Are They?

While the recently passed Labor Day is often is touted as the traditional “end of summer,” according to the calendar, fall officially will begin with the fall equinox on Sept. 22nd at 4:44 EDT. In north Florida, however, we know good and well that our summer season extends a good bit longer. Still, even if it …

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Rain Barrel Workshop October 12th Washington County

Does Your Garden Irrigation Inflate Your Water Bill?     Flush High Irrigation Bills Down The Drain ! Build A Rain Barrel Find Out How at our Workshop  Saturday October 12th 2013  9am-12pm Location: Washington County Ag Center 1424 Jackson Ave  UF / IFAS Washington County Extension 1424 Jackson Ave. Chipley, FL. East Wing Conference …

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