Carrie Stevenson

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Name: Carrie Stevenson
Date registered: October 13, 2011

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Coastal Sustainability Agent, Escambia County Extension

Latest posts

  1. Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm — September 18, 2018
  2. Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts — August 10, 2018
  3. Smart landscaping practices can reduce storm damage — June 4, 2018
  4. Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight — March 26, 2018
  5. Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard — March 13, 2018

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Beneficial Wasp is Effective Control for Tomato Hornworm

Why would anyone allow dozens of wasps to thrive in their garden? Why would they let caterpillars keep moving through their pepper bushes? Don’t they know you can spray for that? As Extension agents, one of the tenets we “preach” in gardening is the concept of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This technique involves a series …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/18/beneficial-wasp-is-effective-and-dramatic-control-for-tomato-hornworm/

Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/10/master-naturalist-classes-a-perfect-fit-for-gardening-enthusiasts/

Smart landscaping practices can reduce storm damage

The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1. NOAA forecasters are currently predicting a relatively normal hurricane season, expecting 10-16 named storms with 5-9 of them becoming hurricanes. While we in the Panhandle dodged the serious damages inflicted upon the state by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, we have already experienced our first named storm. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/04/smart-landscaping-practices-can-reduce-storm-damage/

Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight

Ah, the oft-ignored pine tree. They are so ubiquitous throughout the southeast, that many people consider them undesirable in a landscape. Having grown up near the “Pine Belt” of Mississippi, I figured I knew plenty about them, but this week I learned something new. While on a field tour with local foresters in the business …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/pine-tip-moths-pests-hidden-in-plain-sight/

Blackgum/Tupelo trees: At home in the river or your backyard

In the river swamps of northwest Florida, the first tree to come to mind is typically the cypress. The “knees” protruding from the water are eye-catching and somewhat mysterious. Sweet bay magnolia is an easily recognizable species as well, with its silvery leaves twisting in the wind. The sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana) is a relative …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/13/blackgum-tupelo-trees-at-home-in-the-river-or-your-backyard/

A Ghost in the Woods

Imagine you are enjoying perfect fall weather on a hike with your family, when suddenly you come upon a ghost. Translucent white, small and creeping out of the ground behind a tree, you stop and look closer to figure out what it is you’ve just seen. In such an environment, the “ghost” you might come …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/a-ghost-in-the-woods/

Fall into Composting

Fall is the time of year many of us spend countless hours raking leaves and pine straw, piling them up, watching kids jump into the piles (then re-raking!), and bagging them up for disposal. However, what you may not have considered is that all of those materials are ideal fertilizer for your lawn and garden. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/06/fall-into-composting/

Hurricane Preparation in the Landscape

Well, it is the peak of hurricane season (June 1-November 30), and this one is proving to be no joke. After having all summer to heat up, Gulf and Atlantic water temperatures peak in late August-mid September, feeding storms’ strength. Legendary hurricanes like Harvey, Katrina, and Andrew all made landfall during this time of year. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/hurricane-preparation-in-the-landscape/

Ethnobotany: Where History and Medicine Meet the Forest

Ethnobotany lies at the intersection of culture, medicine, and mythology. The “witch doctors” and voodoo practitioners, the followers of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, and the wise elders of ancient Chinese civilizations are all ethnobotanists. So, too, are the modern day field biologists who discover and develop medicinal plants into an estimated half of our …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/11/ethnobotany-where-history-and-medicine-meet-the-forest/

Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff

Tropical Storm Cindy’s early arrival soaked northwest Florida this month, followed by even more heavy rain. Homes in low areas and along the rivers flooded and suffered extensive damage. That being said, we are just entering our summer “rainy season,” so it may be wise to spend extra time thinking about adjusting your landscape to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/rain-gardens/

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