Julie McConnell

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Name: Julie McConnell
Date registered: October 25, 2012
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Biography

UF/IFAS Bay County Horticulture Extension Agent I

Latest posts

  1. Why Don’t My Plants Match? — July 12, 2017
  2. Butterfly Gardening — May 26, 2017
  3. Tick Tips — May 1, 2017
  4. Put Some Thought into Tree Placement — April 7, 2017
  5. Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea — February 23, 2017

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Why Don’t My Plants Match?

When designing landscapes, it is popular to create lines and masses of plants for high visual impacts. Plants are carefully selected to be similar in size and shape at the time of installation. They are all grouped together, so they must be getting the same care, but why do they look different years later? There are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/12/why-dont-my-plants-match/

Butterfly Gardening

Have you been thinking about creating a butterfly garden but don’t know where to start? Afraid it’s too much upkeep or has to look wild and untamed? Spend a Saturday morning with the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners of Bay County to see how to design, install, and maintain a colorful low maintenance butterfly garden. Next Saturday, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/26/butterfly-gardening/

Tick Tips

You’ve probably heard some tips to prevent picking up ticks in the past, but did you ever wonder why some work and others don’t? Understanding the life cycle and behavior of common ticks can help you succeed with your prevention measures. A general life cycle for ticks includes four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/tick-tips/

Put Some Thought into Tree Placement

It’s really tempting to buy a tree and plant it in the middle of your lawn or directly in front of your picture window, but instead take some time to choose the best spot first. Several considerations such as maintenance and mature size should be taken into account before the site is selected. Placing a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/07/put-some-thought-into-tree-placement/

Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea

Regardless of what the tag says one size does not fit all. As with clothing, a piece will undoubtedly be too large for some and too small for others. Trying to go with a “one size fits all” approach to lawn care will lead to the same kind of frustration and disappointment as an ill-fitting garment. All …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/why-a-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-lawn-care-is-a-bad-idea/

What Plant is This?

A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get care recommendations, we can help! In the past, we were reliant on people to bring a sample …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/17/what-plant-is-this/

Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!

Missing rose buds, pulled up pansies, and damaged tree trunks are all signs that something has been visiting your garden while you are away. But what could it be? Most gardeners are familiar with leaf spots caused by fungal diseases or minor feeding damage by insects, but to see half a shrub or an entire …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/somethings-been-eating-in-my-yard/

Gardening Baby Steps with Radishes

If you’ve considered starting a vegetable garden but are intimidated by the idea, this time of year is a great time to give radishes a try. Radishes are a cool season crop and will grow well in the mild winter climate of North Florida. The ease of growing this cool season vegetable also make them …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/02/gardening-baby-steps-with-radishes/

Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint

If you are looking for a late summer blooming plant that attracts pollinators and survives in a tough spot, dotted horsemint (Monarda punctata) is for you! This native plant thrives in sunny, well-drained sites but will also tolerate moist garden spots. It grows quickly and blooms prolifically – attracting pollinators by the dozens. A plant …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/16/attract-pollinators-with-dotted-horsemint/

Multiple Uses for Mint

Mint is very easy to grow in the right place, sometimes a little bit too easily.   It’s reputation for being aggressive is well deserved. As with any other plant you use in your landscape, you need to be sure you have the right plant for the right place and there just might be such a spot …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/multiple-uses-for-mint/

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