Beth Bolles

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Name: Beth Bolles
Date registered: October 13, 2011

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Horticulture Agent, Escambia County

Latest posts

  1. Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series — May 1, 2017
  2. Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils — March 30, 2017
  3. Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit — February 14, 2017
  4. An Important Tip When Installing Sod — January 17, 2017
  5. Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball — December 22, 2016

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Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series

We may shy away from drama in our lives but drama in the garden is always welcome. One plant series that will be a prominent feature in any garden bed is the Amazon Dianthus series. Although we normally consider Fall the time to plant dianthus, the Amazon Series developed by PanAmerican Seed company can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/drama-in-the-garden-with-amazon-dianthus-series/

Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/30/native-shrub-option-for-sandy-soils/

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

An Important Tip When Installing Sod

It won’t be long before homeowners start thinking about sodding a new lawn or renovating areas of their existing turf. Although sodding when turf is dormant is acceptable, it is best to install sod that is green. One reason is that you can see if any sod pieces are infested with weeds such as bermudagrass . …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/17/an-important-tip-when-installing-sod/

Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/22/dont-be-afraid-to-disturb-the-rootball/

Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt

Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem, but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-leaf-wilt/

Spiny Spiders

The year’s mild winter and frequent rain showers have created lush lawns and gardens with an abundance of insects. As a result, we are seeing many predator arthropods taking advantage of the available feast.  One of the morning interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/spiny-spiders/

Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, springtime seems to be the best time for planting. This is the case for our frost tender annuals and perennials but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and shrubs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/best-seasons-for-planting-coming-up/

Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

Plant Mutations

Many of the plants in our gardens have been developed and discovered that offer interesting characteristics. These may include leaves with variegations, dwarf growth habits, or even contorted stems.  We enjoy these plant differences and many of these plants are big business in the nursery trade.  In nature, it is likely these interesting plant mutations …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/07/plant-mutations/

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