Les Harrison

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Name: Les Harrison
Date registered: October 13, 2011

Biography

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources. He works with small and medium sized producers in the Big Bend region of north Florida on a wide range of topics. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.

Latest posts

  1. Wild Azaleas — May 23, 2018
  2. Lookout for Early Spring Weeds — April 23, 2018
  3. Winter Shrubs — January 4, 2018
  4. Fall is an Excellent Time to Plant Daylilies — October 16, 2017
  5. It’s Fall… Now what Do I Do with my Lawn? — October 2, 2017

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Wild Azaleas

There is something to be said for being a longtime resident. While it does limit ones outlook from a global perspective, it promotes focus on perfecting applicable traits which are close to home. The unique, and very pleasant, environment of north Florida is an excellent example of near perfection on a localized basis.  The weather …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/wild-azaleas/

Lookout for Early Spring Weeds

Spring 2018 is barely out of the starting gate. All kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms! This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly. Much like the Easter egg hunts a few weeks ago, a search of the landscape can bring multiple surprises. Two colorful plants, spiderwort and rustweed, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/lookout-for-early-spring-weeds/

Winter Shrubs

The Thanksgiving turkey is but a distant memory, the stores are stocking for the spring, and Christmas decorations are coming down. The advent of the new year, finally brings the inevitability of cold and frosty weather. While nothing complements a nice eggnog or hot chocolate like a chill in the air, some northwest Florida landscape …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/04/winter-shrubs/

Fall is an Excellent Time to Plant Daylilies

“A penny saved is a penny earned” is the famously frugal advice from Poor Richard’s Almanac. The author Benjamin Franklin, elder statesman and founding father of the United States, offered this simple pearl of wisdom to 18th century American colonist to remind them to cautiously manage their assets. This concept has met the test of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/16/fall-is-an-excellent-time-to-plant-daylilies/

It’s Fall… Now what Do I Do with my Lawn?

With the passing of September the end is in sight, well at least the end of summer, and hopefully summer-like weather. The hot humid days of August gave way to the hot humid days of September,now October, and the Florida Panhandle is finally experiencing cooler temperatures. At least temporarily. Days have shortened noticeably and the plants have noticed. Foliage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/its-fall-now-what-do-i-do-with-my-lawn/

Summer Irrigation Tips

July’s hot summer weather has given way to August’s 31 days of what will likely be temperatures and humidity equally elevated and intense. Wishes for November’s cooler thermometer reading are already creeping into daily conversations. The lawns and gardens in Wakulla County have rains as a mitigating factor to counteract the wilting potential of normal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/11/summer-irrigation-tips/

The Predatory Praying Mantis

  Summertime is bug time in the Florid Panhandle.  The weather has provided enough rain for the bugs which depend on a supply of foliage and the temperatures have been ideal for a population explosion. Stink bugs, leaf-footed bugs, grasshoppers, all sizes and colors of caterpillars and many more have been enjoying the lush and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/14/the-predatory-praying-mantis/

Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn

Fertilizing a lawn properly in the summer can enhance the landscape without inducing disease or harming the environment . One universal activity is seasonal lawn and landscape maintenance. While some consider it a chore, many view it as a means to enhancing their personal environment. The list of tasks are, for the most part, standard with few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/15/plan-before-fertilizing-a-lawn/

Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes

It is an often made wish of summer that the cold weather of winter will kill all the mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. This climactic fete would spare people, pets and livestock the irritation of encountering these low flying pest and their predatory behavior. Unfortunately, the thermometer would have to drop to levels approaching the surface …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/11/take-steps-to-minimize-mosquitos/

There Is Still Time To Prevent Spring Lawn Weeds

Now that March is here the lawn becomes less of an abstraction and more reality. The lawnmower is no longer silent, meaninglessly taking up space as the grass wakens from its seasonal stupor. Alas, the dormant state has ended as the days are already getting slightly longer. There is still time to get started with preparations for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/02/there-is-still-time-to-prevent-spring-lawn-weeds/

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