Monthly Archive: March 2014

Limited Pesticide Certification Class – Tuesday April 22 – Washington County

UF IFAS Washington County Extension is offering a class for the  Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Pesticide license and the Limited Lawn and Ornamental license. Click here to download flyer In PDF Is it the license you need? If part of your business is applying herbicides (including Roundup) or certain pesticides to plant beds, the State of Florida …

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Titi In Bloom This Spring

         Black Titi (also known as Spring Titi or Buckwheat Tree (Cliftonia monophylla (Lam.) Britton ex Sarg. is a native shrub or tree that can be found growing along streams and boggy areas of the Florida Panhandle.  It can tolerate acidic wetland soils and once established can also tolerate dry soils in the landscape.  Black Titi …

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Rose Rosette Virus, a Devastating Disease on Roses, Found in Florida

  Figure 1. Witches’ broom like appearance, abnormal red discoloration of shoots and foliage, excessive thorns, distorted leaves, and deformed buds and flowers are key symptoms for the devastating Rose Rosette Disease Roses are one of the most popular flowering shrubs in U.S. with a total wholesale value of 194 million U.S. Dollars. Among the …

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Organic Gardening Starts With The Soil

What does it mean to grow gardens organically?  It depends upon who you talk to.  The simple answer is that organic gardeners only use animal or plant-based fertilizers rather than synthetic.  It also means use of natural pest control devoid of synthetically manufactured insecticides. In other words, using natural substances and beneficial insects to ward off pests instead of spraying with the backyard …

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Wet Weather Brings Fungal Diseases

March may seem a little early to worry about fungal diseases, but recent prolonged wet weather and warmer temperatures have made the climate just right for a variety of leaf diseases in the Florida Panhandle. One in particular, Blackspot (Diplocarpon rosae), is particularly problematic for the discerning rose grower. Blackspot is just beginning to be seen …

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Crapemyrtle Bark Scale in China – – – and in the U.S.?

Given crapemyrtle’s reputation for plant vigor and pest resistance, I was shocked to see Chinese crapemyrtles noticeably affected by a previously obscure pest.   Last November I had the privilege of traveling to China with Dave Creech (Stephen F. Austin University), Mengmeng Gu (Texas A&M) and Yan Chen (LSU-Hammond). Crapemyrtles, Lagerstroemia spp., are native to Asia, and China is …

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Preventing Invasive Plants and Animals

The first week of March every year is designated “National Invasive Species Awareness Week,” an initiative to draw attention to the thousands of invasive plants and animals that move into our state and country every year. However, this is a problem that should draw focus year-round. Invasive species are non-native or exotic plants and animals which can …

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Pollinator Protection

  Landscapes will soon be transitioning from the dormant phase to actively growing and one of the most beneficial insects of all will be back in action.  As soon as flowers open, bees will be visiting to gather pollen and nectar. This year be a little more observant in the landscape and at your local …

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Save Our Citrus!

All varieties of citrus – grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, kumquat and orange – are a vital part of our lives here in Florida. We love to grow citrus in our yards so that we can harvest the fruit fresh from the tree. On a wider scale, the citrus industry has a $9 billion annual impact on …

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Oakleaf Hydrangea – A Native Choice

Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) make a beautiful choice for the home landscape.  They present great interest in all seasons of  the year.  Not only do they produce beautiful blooms in summer, but the plant also provides great fall color.  When making a choice for a new edition to your landscape, select Oakleaf Hydrangea ! Oakleaf …

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