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. Summer Irrigation Tips — August 11, 2017
  2. The Predatory Praying Mantis — July 14, 2017
  3. Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn — June 15, 2017
  4. Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes — March 11, 2017
  5. There Is Still Time To Prevent Spring Lawn Weeds — March 2, 2017

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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/

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/

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