Monthly Archive: October 2015

2015: International Year of Soils

Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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Novice Gardeners Should Consider Herbs!

If you have ever thought about gardening but feel too intimidated to give it a try, consider starting with a herb garden! Culinary herbs are generally very easy to grow and very forgiving of the neglectful gardener. They have relatively few pest or disease problems and thrive in hot climates on poor soils. An added …

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Rayless Sunflower

Fall is a wonderful season for viewing wildflowers and there are many flower colors brightening our landscapes and roadsides. Amongst all the color there is one wildflower, the Rayless sunflower (Helianthus radula) that may not be nearly as showy but is very interesting in the landscape. Many people will discover the Rayless sunflower in a …

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Why Should I Try to Protect Florida’s Water?

Contrary to popular belief, stormwater runoff—not industrial discharge—is the primary source of water pollution in Florida.  During a rain, anything on the ground can be picked up, carried via water, and taken downstream to the nearest body of water.  While newer construction projects require stormwater treatment (including detention ponds or newer techniques such as pervious pavement and …

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Bacterial Gall: A Detrimental Disease of Loropetalum

Warm and wet weather in the Florida Panhandle presents the optimum conditions for the development of bacterial gall on loropetalums.  Shoot dieback is usually the first and most noticeable symptom of the disease.  The dieback can be followed down the branch to dark colored, warty galls that vary in size.  The galls enlarge and eventually encircle …

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Fall Color Without Harming the Habitat

As the trees begin to turn various shades of red, many people begin to inquire about the Popcorn trees.  While their autumn coloration is one of the reasons they were introduced to the Florida environment, it took years for us to realize what a menace Popcorn trees become.  Sapium sebiferum, the Chinese tallowtree or Popcorn …

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Camellia Season Approaches

Are you looking for an evergreen shrub with showy flowers in the fall or winter? Look no further than an old Southern favorite, the camellia. Large camellias dot landscapes of historic homes throughout the Florida Panhandle, and although they look like they’ve been here forever. Camellias are not native to North America, but were originally …

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Time to Plant Strawberries

It’s time to bed up some earth and plant strawberries! That right! Fall is the proper time to set out strawberry plants for a spring harvest. It is a common misconception that strawberries should be planted in the spring in the home garden. If planted in spring, such poor timing will result in a very reduced delicious strawberry …

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Solutions for Cogongrass!

A U.S. Forest Service grant is again available to assist non-industrial private landowners with the cost of controlling cogongrass. Applications will be accepted starting October 15, 2015. The program reimburses landowners for 50% of the cost for two consecutive years with a maximum reimbursement of $10,000 for each year. Cogongrass is one of the worst …

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It is Futile to Fertilize After September

In Northwest Florida, all of our lawn grasses begin to fade and slowdown in growth during fall.They are supposed to go dormant. Some will go dormant earlier than others based on species, location and  management. The grasses we use to create lawns are warm season grasses such as centipedegrass, St. augustinegrass, bahiagrass, bermudagrass and zoysiagrass. …

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