Monthly Archive: May 2014

Beneficial Bugs

  The most numerous animals on the planet are insects and although less than 1% cause damage to our landscapes, most are viewed as pests.  Many insects perform clean up tasks that keep our environment from being littered with carcasses and trash while others actually attack and feed upon insects that are direct pests to …

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Alert: Ambrosia Beetles !

Winter injury and stress to many trees has attracted granulate ambrosia beetles to landscapes. These beetles mostly prefer weakened trees and cut stumps/logs but have been found to attack some healthy trees as well. Adult beetles are very small, only about 1/16 inch long and bore into branches and trunks of many woody plants. They …

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Rain Gardens Offer Option for Problem Areas of Yard

Northwest Florida experienced record-setting floods this spring, and many landscapes, roads, and buildings suffered serious damage due to the sheer force of water moving downhill. That being said, we are just entering our summer “rainy season,” so it may be wise to spend extra time thinking about how you want to landscape based on our …

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IPM 2-day Workshop, NFREC, Quincy, FL. June 10-11, 2014 13 Pesticide CEUs Available

Nursery IPM Workshop   North Florida Research and Education Center May Building Seminar Room and On -site Outdoor Nursery Facilities 155 Research Road Quincy, Florida 32351 June10-11, 2014 Don’t miss this hands-on, 2-day workshop focused on integrated pest management (IPM) for nursery crops! Learn how to save resources, reduce pest damage and pesticide use, and …

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Watch Out For Tomato Problems

One of the most common tomato problem home gardeners encounter in the late spring and early summer is blossom end rot. The good news is that blossom end rot can be prevented with the use of drip irrigation and adequate fertilization.  Since tomatoes need a consistent supply of water to prevent blossom end rot, drip …

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Daylilies: A Low-Maintenance Landscape Plant

The daylily is a popular flowering perennial that adapts well to Florida landscape statewide.  Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple, near white and shades and combinations of all of these.  Flowering starts in March for early-season bloomers while late-season daylilies …

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Mexican Sycamore – Platanus mexicana

Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana) is a fast growing, drought tolerant tree boasting smooth white-and-tan bark and large maple-like leaves with velvety, silver undersides. Native to northeastern and central Mexico, this tree’s cold hardiness is not well defined. However, Mexican sycamore grows well as far north as USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 8b in Texas and Florida. …

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Success with Houseplants: Watering Correctly

Plants add color, interesting textures and, of course, beauty to our indoor living environments. The air is freshened with the oxygen they provide. Keep them healthy by watering correctly. Plants have differing water requirements so take a moment to look up some good research-based information on your particular plants and find out what kind of …

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Preventing Heat Stress: Plant and People Considerations

As we begin to approach our North Florida hot summer months, Gary Wade with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension reminds us that, “temperatures in the high 90s and several weeks without rain can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, conditions for landscape (and garden) plants“.  Most likely, we will …

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Take-All Root Rot

Last summer’s heavy rain and the stress of January’s icy weather have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis that causes yellow grass patches ranging in diameter from a few inches to more than 15 feet. The symptoms first appear in the spring, but disease can persist …

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