Larry Williams

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Name: Larry Williams
Date registered: October 14, 2011

Biography

Larry Williams is the County Extension Director and Residential Horticulture Agent for the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Okaloosa County.

Latest posts

  1. Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems — April 16, 2018
  2. Wait Until June to Control Mole Crickets but Only if Needed — March 21, 2018
  3. Dos and Don’ts of February Gardening — February 26, 2018
  4. Treat Tulips as Annuals in Florida — December 1, 2017
  5. Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida — November 6, 2017

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Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems

Patience, warmer soil temperature and correct lawn management will solve many spring lawn problems. Many spring dead spots in lawns are caused by something that happened the previous growing season or winter. For example, a late application of a high-nitrogen fertilizer can decrease winter survival. It’s best to not fertilize our lawns after early September. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/16/have-patience-with-spring-lawn-problems/

Wait Until June to Control Mole Crickets but Only if Needed

The best time to treat for mole crickets is June through July, but don’t treat at all if mole crickets have not been positively found and identified in the affected lawn areas.  Don’t worry about the adults that are seen flying around lights in the evenings or about the mole crickets found dead in swimming …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/wait-until-june-to-control-mole-crickets-but-only-if-needed/

Dos and Don’ts of February Gardening

February can be a confusing month for North Florida gardeners. Winter isn’t over. So don’t let spring fever cause you to make some gardening mistakes. Let’s take a look at some dos and don’ts of February gardening. Despite colder temperatures that we can experience this month, it’s still okay to plant trees and shrubs from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/26/dos-and-donts-of-february-gardening/

Treat Tulips as Annuals in Florida

Q. I’ve seen the beautiful tulips of Amsterdam and would like to grow some here in North Florida. So I ordered some tulip bulbs. Can I plant these in North Florida?  A. Tulips are treated as annuals in Florida. We have two problems with tulips this far south. First, they do not receive enough cold …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/01/treat-tulips-as-annuals-in-florida/

Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida

Did you know we have caterpillars that sting here in Northwest Florida? Well, we do and you’d be wise to learn about them and how to recognize them. These caterpillars do not sting in the same way that a wasp or bee might sting. They do not have “stingers.” But they do have spines, also …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/06/caterpillars-that-sting-are-in-northwest-florida/

Plants Don’t Live Forever

A New Yorker cartoon shows a lady shopping a garden center bench for plants. She has three choices at three price points: annuals, $6; perennials, $10; eternals, $749.95. No matter what the cost, plants don’t live forever. And if they did, what would they cost? They’d probably cost more than $749.95. Even though we know …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/18/plants-dont-live-forever/

Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes

The Asian cockroach was first identified as a newly introduced species in the U.S. in Lakeland, Florida in 1986. I started seeing this small cockroach in our area about 17 or 18 years ago. They’ve done well recently with the rains and their numbers are probably higher now as a result. They prefer warm, wet …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/21/small-cockroaches-flying-into-homes/

Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they are quite the problem in North Florida lawns. Most people, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/10/ground-pearls-the-peril-of-local-lawns/

Benefit from Beneficial Insects

A number of summers ago, I noticed whiteflies on a confederate rose plant in my landscape. I considered using an insecticide to control the whiteflies but decided against doing so after taking a closer look. What I found was a population of ladybugs – eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. Ladybug adults and larvae eat whiteflies, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/benefit-from-beneficial-insects/

Monitoring for Common Lawn Insects

Mole crickets, chinch bugs and spittlebugs are common lawn insect pests to begin watching for this time of year. Mole crickets can be active in lawns spring through fall, but the best window of opportunity to control them is in June and July. Soap flushing is a technique to survey for mole crickets. Mix two …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/13/monitoring-for-common-lawn-insects/

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