Les Harrison

Author's details

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. Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes — March 11, 2017
  2. There Is Still Time To Prevent Spring Lawn Weeds — March 2, 2017
  3. Warm Winter Influences Spring Bloom Times — February 3, 2017
  4. Vegetable Gardening Makes Sense and Saves Dollars — November 3, 2016
  5. Daylilies — September 28, 2016

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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/

Warm Winter Influences Spring Bloom Times

  This winter’s exceptional weather has deceived some popular springtime ornamental shrubs and fruit trees into flowering prematurely. Azaleas, for example, began blooming because of winter temperatures mush warmer than average. There are number of variables which determine when a plant will bloom each year, including the sun, water, and air temperature. To understand why …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/03/warm-winter-influences-spring-bloom-times/

Vegetable Gardening Makes Sense and Saves Dollars

  Vegetable gardening has many highly desirable benefits. These positive features range from being a good source of exercise, an opportunity to produce fresh produce which may be hard to find in retail establishment, and being able to assure it is produced in a specific way. In many cases it is difficult, and sometimes tedious, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/03/vegetable-gardening-makes-sense-and-saves-dollars/

Daylilies

The daylily is a popular flowering perennial with East Asian origins which has adapted well to Florida landscapes. Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, near-white and shades and combinations of all of these. Flowering starts in March for early-season bloomers with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/28/daylilies/

Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

Carpenter Bees Nest in Dead Wood – Including Houses

The hectic pace to contemporary life can justifiably be compared to the seemingly erratic behavior of insect pollinators. Darting from flower to flower with no apparently logical progression for choice of blooms, all the while emitting a mind numbing buzz. This incessant and unending grind of bouncing from task to task has created an atmosphere …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/17/carpenter-bees-nest-in-dead-wood-including-houses/

Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem

Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the ensuing years it has since escaped cultivation and become established in hardwood hammocks and other moist woods of natural areas and grazing lands. Specimens have been collected from 19 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/12/coral-ardisia-a-pretty-problem/

Gardening Success Begins with Choosing the Right Plant

Last Week’s temperatures have confirmed the winter of 2016 is not 100% over. Now is the time to plan that spring garden!. Garden catalogs from every part of the nation are finding their way into many area homes. Their pages promise the buyer the potential for legendary success and the envy of their friends and neighbors. After …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/16/gardening-success-begins-with-choosing-the-right-plant/

Pre-Emergent Herbicide Now for Spring Weed Suppression

Weeds grow everywhere, especially in manicured lawns and landscapes despite the best efforts of owners who have spared no expense to remove the offending flora. The reality, at least about the herbicides, is different from perceived appearances. Herbicides can be a wonderful tool for the homeowner, if applied properly. The first point to remember about …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/10/pre-emergent-herbicide-now-for-spring-weed-suppression/

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