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. Tick Tips — May 1, 2017
  2. Put Some Thought into Tree Placement — April 7, 2017
  3. Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea — February 23, 2017
  4. What Plant is This? — January 17, 2017
  5. Something’s Been Eating in My Yard! — November 22, 2016

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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/

When is Half an Inch a Big Deal?

Sometimes when we talk about the size of things we like to estimate and don’t worry too much about being precise, but there are times when as little as a half inch really is a big deal. When talking about landscape maintenance and pest management that half inch can be crucial. Here are three examples …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/19/when-is-half-an-inch-a-big-deal/

Mowing Matters

Mowing is an important and often overlooked landscape best management practices that can increase lawn health. Most of us mowed lawns to earn some spending money as kids. As long as it was shorter when we finished than when we started our customers were happy.  Although mowing seems like a simple chore that anyone can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/08/mowing-matters/

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