Mary Salinas

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Name: Mary Salinas
Date registered: January 24, 2013

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Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for Santa Rosa County

Latest posts

  1. Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris — August 29, 2018
  2. Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed — July 11, 2018
  3. Is Your Lawn Drowning? — May 23, 2018
  4. Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage — March 26, 2018
  5. Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape — March 21, 2018

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Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris

Versatile, easy-care, beautiful, native – what’s not to love about muhly grass? How is it versatile? It makes a perfect border along a fence or structure. Plant it in a single or double row depending on available space. Use a single plant as a specimen in a smaller landscape. Muhly grass can also be planted …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/florida-native-muhly-grass-muhlenbergia-capillaris/

Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, has been gaining in popularity in the perennials market as it attracts adult butterflies to feed on its nectar and monarch caterpillars to feed on its leaves. Gardeners are also turning to use more Florida native plants in their landscapes. Independent or native nurseries tend to be the best source for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/11/florida-wildflowers-butterfly-weed/

Is Your Lawn Drowning?

A healthy lawn is a joy to stroll, relax and play on. It can also be part of an environmentally friendly landscape. But, sometimes it can seem to be a mystery on how to achieve that lush, healthy lawn in the Florida environment. Since we have lots of sandy soils and experience long periods of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/is-your-lawn-drowning/

Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage

Spring wildflowers are popping up along our roadways and along woodland edges. One of our native perennial beauties you can enjoy right now is lyreleaf sage, Salvia lyrata, with spikes of tubular lavender flowers rising about a foot above the ground. The blooms, which occur late winter through late spring, attract bees and butterflies and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/florida-wildflowers-lyreleaf-sage/

Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape

Bees, butterflies and other insects play important roles as pollinators in our environment. Over 50 major crops in the United States and at least 13 crops in Florida depend on honey bees. Many native plants in natural areas also depend on insect pollinators for reproduction. In Florida, over 300 bee species play a role in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/protecting-our-pollinators-in-the-landscape/

Start Your Spring Garden Indoors

Get a head start on your spring vegetable garden by planting seed now for some of your favorite spring crops. A great advantage to starting from seed is the seemingly endless number of varieties of your favorite vegetables that are available from online seed companies. You can experiment with new and heirloom varieties. Look to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/start-your-spring-garden-indoors/

Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed species most planted has been tropical …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

Cilantro – Great for Cool Season Gardening

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a short-lived annual herb with bright green, feathery, flat leaves that look very similar to flat-leaved parsley. Leaves can be harvested at will after they grow to a mature size and then continuously as needed. The flavor of cilantro compliments many Latin American, Indian and Asian dishes and is a great …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/13/cilantro-great-for-cool-season-gardening/

Measure Your Lawn the Easy Way

After you have chosen the right fertilizer, fungicide, herbicide or insecticide to apply to your landscape, the question becomes: how much do I buy? Labels on these products will tell you how many square feet it will cover – so that leads to the next question: how many square feet of lawn do I have? …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/25/measure-your-lawn-the-easy-way/

Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster

Florida is home to some of the most beautiful flowering perennials. An exceptional one for the panhandle landscape is Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis) as it is showy, deer resistant and easy to care for. Unlike other perennials, it generally is evergreen in our region so it provides interest all year. The original species of Stokes’ …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/florida-natives-stokes-aster/

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