Ray Bodrey

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Date registered: February 16, 2016

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Gulf County Extension Director, Agent II Agriculture & Natural Resource, Horticulture, Sea Grant

Latest posts

  1. Summer Annual Weeds Thriving in Panhandle Lawns — September 6, 2018
  2. Summer Rains Can Create Obstacles for Panhandle Blueberries — July 11, 2018
  3. Late Spring Signals Leaf Gall for Some Camellias — June 7, 2018
  4. The Mystery of Florida Betony — May 4, 2018
  5. An Uphill Battle for the Leyland Cypress — April 9, 2018

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Summer Annual Weeds Thriving in Panhandle Lawns

With daily rainfall occurring regularly, coupled with humid temperatures, summer annual weeds have had a mighty boost in growth. Chamberbitter, Florida pusley, sedge and oxalis are just some examples of the many weeds that are  exploding across our landscape. Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) is found as north as Illinois and as west as Texas, but thrives …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/06/summer-annual-weeds-thriving-in-panhandle-lawns/

Summer Rains Can Create Obstacles for Panhandle Blueberries

Rabbiteye Blueberry cultivars are the primary species grown in the Panhandle and are much more popular than the Southern Highbush Blueberry that dominates production further south. Our environment is more hospitable to Rabbiteye; consequently, they tend to be more drought tolerant and less susceptible to disease. The harvest season for Rabbiteye Blueberries is also relatively …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/11/summer-rains-can-create-obstacles-for-panhandle-blueberries/

Late Spring Signals Leaf Gall for Some Camellias

Camellias are a Panhandle favorite, as the flowers can highlight a landscape with bright, vibrant colors in fall and winter. However, spring time can bring about these colors in a negative way, in the form of leaf gall. The camellia is native to Asia and brought to America in the late 1700’s. These plants have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/07/late-spring-signals-leaf-gall-for-some-camellias/

The Mystery of Florida Betony

If you look closely at your yard, there is a good chance that you will find a plant that, depending on who you ask, is considered either a native wildflower or a weed and there are more than a few species that fit this description. If, upon even closer inspection, you find a plant with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/the-mystery-of-florida-betony/

An Uphill Battle for the Leyland Cypress

Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) has been a very popular landscape tree in the U.S. for many decades. It has endearing characteristics, most notably its fast-growing nature and ability to make an appealing boundary around property. However, various diseases have created an overwhelming survival hurdle. Seiridium or Botryosphaeria cankers (also referred to as dieback) are fungal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/an-uphill-battle-for-the-leyland-cypress/

Make Your Lawn a Florida-Friendly Landscape

I imagine many of you have had plant loss due to this recent cold snap. Like myself, you’ll be busy this spring replanting areas. Want to have a more sustainable landscape and attract birds & butterflies? Consider a Florida-Friendly Landscape. Figure 1: Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Credit: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS Communications. So, what is “Florida-Friendly”? These are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/make-your-lawn-a-florida-friendly-landscape/

Dollarweed: Friend or Foe

We have many weeds in the Panhandle that are a nuisance to our landscape, with some being very difficult to control. Dollarweed certainly falls into this category. But, does dollarweed have an upside? Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.) is a largeleaf creeping perennial that thrives in central and northern Florida, but is found throughout both Atlantic and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dollarweed-friend-or-foe/

Make the Holiday Season Bright with Patio Citrus

Can’t ever figure out that perfect gift to give at the holidays? During the next gift giving season, why not try something a little different. Give a patio citrus tree! It’s a unique gift to give or receive here in the Sunshine State. One of the pleasures nearly all homeowners in Florida can enjoy is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/04/make-the-holiday-season-bright-with-patio-citrus/

Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle

Do you want to add a little something different to your landscape? How about something edible, as well as a focal point in your garden? Backyard sugarcane may be just what you are looking for. Sugarcane, genus Saccharum, is a tropical perennial grass that thrives in humid environments across the southern United States. Based on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/20/backyard-sugarcane-in-the-panhandle/

Weed Spotlight: Chamberbitter, the “Little Mimosa”

Summer annual weeds are taking their last stand against Panhandle lawns before fall arrives. Rain and humid temperatures of late have boosted their growth spurts. Chamberbitter is a prime example. Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) is found as north as Illinois and as west as Texas, but thrives in lower southeastern states. It’s a headache for homeowners …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/weed-spotlight-chamberbitter-the-little-mimosa/

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