Blake Thaxton

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Name: Blake Thaxton
Date registered: July 12, 2012

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Santa Rosa County Extension Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

Latest posts

  1. Choosing a Lawn Maintenance Company — March 9, 2017
  2. Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation — November 3, 2016
  3. Fall Turf Issues — September 29, 2016
  4. Caterpillars in the Vegetable Garden — May 17, 2016
  5. Sprinkler System Check Up — February 16, 2016

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Choosing a Lawn Maintenance Company

Lawns in northwest Florida are really starting to get going early this year. It is early March but feels much later in the year and many feel behind on their lawn maintenance and various other landscape chores. Maybe it is time to think about hiring a lawn maintenance company to do the job for you. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/09/choosing-a-lawn-maintenance-comapny/

Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation

It was a hot summer that has continued into Fall.  We hope cooler temperatures are on their way to 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 and to get a new look. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/03/fall-an-ideal-time-for-shrub-installation-2/

Fall Turf Issues

The crisp air of fall is upon us. Maybe. We live in northwest Florida and we are not experiencing the change in weather just yet. With the change in weather coming, we are having specific issues in turfgrass lawns and are sure to have others in the near future. Extension agents in the western panhandle have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/29/fall-turf-issues/

Caterpillars in the Vegetable Garden

In the last few weeks, more garden pests have arrived! It is a fact of life in northwest Florida that we will have a few things in our garden including heat, moisture (humidity and rainfall), and BUGS! With a cooler spring the arrival of some of the troublesome pests in the garden seemed to be delayed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/17/caterpillars-in-the-vegetable-garden/

Sprinkler System Check Up

Lawns and landscapes require water to flourish and provide the green surroundings desired around homes and recreational areas. Often nature provides water for the landscape in the form of rain, but that is not always adequate. Turf and ornamental plants in the establishment stage need supplemental irrigation during hotter months, especially in the sandy soils of northwest Florida, which can dry out at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/16/sprinkler-system-check-up/

Spring Vegetable Garden Preparation

It is cold right now…at least it is this week. Even though the winters in northwest Florida do not have consistent cold temperatures, it is not warm enough to grow warm season vegetables all year around. The cold spells come and go but will soon be gone and spring will have sprung. With spring comes birds …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/01/20/spring-vegetable-garden-preparation/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/14/time-to-plant-strawberries/

Conditions favorable for Brown Patch

Beautiful weather and pleasant cool temperatures have made their way into the Florida panhandle in the last week. They will not stay long. It will be scorching hot again this year before the relief of fall settles in for good. As nice as the weather has been, it could cause problems for lawns in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/16/conditions-favorable-for-brown-patch/

Leyland Cypress…not the best choice

Leyland cypress, x Cupressocyparis leylandii, has been hugely popular over the past 20 years as an ornamental landscape tree. It has the reputation of being a beautiful evergreen that can grow at a rate of up to 3 to 4 feet per year. Sounds like the perfect option for someone looking to make their back yard more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/08/19/leyland-cypress-not-the-best-choice/

Fall Tomato Selection

One of the many great thing about living in Florida is the long growing season that the climate affords to gardeners. For up to 8 months a year warm season vegetables can be grown. The colder months are mild enough to grow other crops as well. Although most gardeners tomatoes are suffering from the extreme …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/07/14/fall-tomato-selection/

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