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. Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida — November 6, 2017
  2. Plants Don’t Live Forever — August 18, 2017
  3. Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes — July 21, 2017
  4. Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns — June 10, 2017
  5. Benefit from Beneficial Insects — May 11, 2017

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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/

Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/25/keys-to-growing-tomatoes-in-florida/

Acorns Abound!

Do you have more acorns than you know what to do with? When oaks produce loads of acorns, it sometimes is called a “mast” year. Do you remember the oak tree pollen and all those catkins that fell from oaks earlier in spring? Catkins are the male flowers in oaks. Some people refer to them …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/acorns-abound/

Reduce 100 Bags of Fall Leaves to Ten

Billions of leaves blanket the fall landscape and are bagged by hundreds of homeowners to be placed curbside for local trash pick-up. Many of these leaves could be easily turned into valuable mulch or compost. Why do all those fall leaves end up in bags to be discarded? It’s probably because the homeowner is overwhelmed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/02/reduce-100-bags-of-fall-leaves-to-ten/

Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween

The reality of what happens deep down in the darkness of a fire ant mound hidden to human eyes or in the tunnels of a mole cricket where only creepy crawly things dare to enter may be too scary to believe.  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences along with USDA introduced a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/26/scary-things-are-happening-in-our-landscapes-this-halloween/

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