Sheila Dunning

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Name: Sheila Dunning
Date registered: October 13, 2011
URL: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu

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  1. How Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained? — August 2, 2018
  2. Summer Is Time For Pollinators — June 28, 2018
  3. Web Art in the Woods — April 23, 2018
  4. April is National Safe Digging Month! — April 9, 2018
  5. “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?” — February 26, 2018

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How Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained?

Although it has been very hot this summer throughout the Florida Panhandle, many areas have been blessed with afternoon showers several day in a row.  Historically, this has been the typical Northwest Florida weather pattern known as the ‘Dog Days’.  Yet, many landscape sprinkler systems were still running.  One has to ask, “Where are all the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/how-does-your-sprinkler-system-know-it-has-rained/

Summer Is Time For Pollinators

National Pollinator Week is only recognized in June, but efforts to encourage pollinators shouldn’t end then. Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower, by wind or animals that are pollinators. Successful pollination, which may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/28/summer-is-time-for-pollinators/

Web Art in the Woods

With cool, foggy mornings you may have noticed the large number of spider webs hanging on low vegetation. Some of them have unusual shapes.  One of the most notable is the bowl and doily spider.  This spider (Frontinella pyramitela) is a species of sheet web weavers found throughout the United States, including Northwest Florida. It …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/web-art-in-the-woods/

April is National Safe Digging Month!

This month, recognized by the Senate and Florida’s governor, reminds diggers why calling 811 before all outdoor digging projects is important to your safety. Before installing a mailbox, fence, deck, garden or tree make sure to call Sunshine 811 to have underground lines marked. 811 is the free national number designated by the Federal Communications …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/april-is-national-safe-digging-month/

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”

Weather sayings can be quite colorful. Some of them may be connected to scientific observations, while others are more superstitious in nature. What the weather will do this month can change on a moment’s notice. March is definitely one of the more unpredictable months. One week the temperatures are warm and spring-like. A few days …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/26/if-march-comes-in-like-a-lion-it-will-go-out-like-a-lamb/

Don’t Commit Crape Murder

Pruning is one of the most controversial aspects of maintaining crapemyrtle. Traditionally, many crapemyrtles are routinely topped, leaving large branch and stem stubs. This practice has been called “crape murder” because of the potential impacts on the crapemyrtle health and structural integrity. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several years old), with the end …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dont-commit-crape-murder/

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/deck-the-halls-with-boughs-of-holly/

Name That Holiday Cactus

Is your grandmother’s pass along Christmas cactus blooming really early? Do the leaf segments have “teeth” along the edges?  Are the “stringy things” sticking out of the flowers yellow in color? Well, I hate to tell you this, but that is not a Christmas cactus, (Schlumbergera bridgesii).  It is a Thanksgiving cactus, (Schlumbergera truncata). You can …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/13/name-that-holiday-cactus/

Golden Fall in the Panhandle

Each fall, nature puts on a brilliant show of color throughout the United States. As the temperatures drop, autumn encourages the “leaf peepers” to hit the road in search of the red-, yellow- and orange-colored leaves of the northern deciduous trees. Here in the Florida Panhandle, fall color means wildflowers.  As one drives the roads …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/golden-fall-in-the-panhandle/

Grass Worms

If you are one of the many that have taken advantage of the frequent rain in order to establish a new lawn, keep an eye open for “grass worms”. Though truly caterpillars, not worms, these destructive, chewing insects can wreak havoc on new sod. Tropical sod webworm larvae are destructive pests of warm season turfgrasses …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/17/grass-worms/

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