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. Dig Safely: Call 811 — April 13, 2017
  2. Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage — March 20, 2017
  3. Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds — February 3, 2017
  4. Christmas Trees with “Presents” — December 7, 2016
  5. Firespikes for Fall Color and Hummingbird Food — November 7, 2016

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Dig Safely: Call 811

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/2017/04/13/dig-safely-call-811/

Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage

Now is the time to prevent your azaleas from being attacked by lace bugs. The azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides, overwinters as eggs on the underside of infested leaves. Eggs hatch in late March and early April. The insect then passes through five nymphal instars before becoming an adult. It takes approximately one month for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/inspect-and-wash-to-prevent-azalea-lace-bug-damage/

Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds

Remember last summer? The hot, dry days.  Grass drying up and turning brown.  Yet, the weeds are green and doing fine.  However, every herbicide label warns against applying when the temperatures are above 85 degrees and especially under drought conditions.  Those weeds flourished and dispersed seed everywhere.  Now, they are just sitting there ready to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/03/plan-to-reduce-summer-weeds/

Christmas Trees with “Presents”

Christmas is coming. So much to do. Picking out the perfect, fresh-cut tree is one of the important tasks. Every family member has their specific requirement. “It has to be a certain species.” It has to be a specific height and shape.” And, of course, “It has to smell great.” So, a decision is made. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/07/christmas-tree-with-presents/

Firespikes for Fall Color and Hummingbird Food

Looking to add something to brighten your landscape this autumn?   Firespike (Odontonema strictum) is a prolific fall bloomer with red tubular flowers that are very popular with hummingbirds and butterflies.  It’s glossy dark green leaves make an attractive large plant that will grow quite well in dense shade to partial sunlight.  In frost-free areas firespike …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/07/firespikes-for-fall-color-and-hummingbird-food/

The Color of 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. In Northwest Florida the color of autumn isn’t just from trees. The reds, purples, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/the-color-of-fall-in-the-panhandle/

A Cool Good Bug

With all the media discussion of “bad” insects, like mosquitoes, many of the good guys are forgotten. One that has been very active this summer is the blue mud dauber, Chalybion californicum. These wasps are metallic blue, blue-green or blackish in color with very short narrow waists.  During the summer, female blue mud daubers build nests …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/cool-good-bug/

Summer Blue Flowers Enjoyed by People and Bees

The showy chaste tree makes an attractive specimen as the centerpiece of your landscape bed or in a large container on the deck. Easy-to-grow, drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and bees, Vitex agnus-castus is a multi-stemmed small tree with fragrant, upwardly-pointing lavender blooms and gray-green foliage.  The chaste tree’s palmately divided leaves resemble those …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/22/summer-blue-flowers-enjoyed-by-people-and-bees/

Leaving the Tree Isn’t Saving the Tree

As cities expand, wooded lands and property with mature trees are being developed into commercial and residential sites. Unfortunately, the construction process can be deadly to nearby trees.  In most cases, the trees don’t die immediately.  Several years later as symptom development occurs in the declining trees, most people don’t associate it with the previous …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/19/leaving-the-tree-isnt-saving-the-tree/

Experience the Mountains in Northwest Florida

If you are lucky enough to live on the southern Alabama edge of northwest Florida, you may want to see if you can find mountain laurel blooming now near the wooded creeks.  Its native range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, just dipping into our area.  The plant is naturally found on rocky …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/21/experience-the-mountains-in-northwest-florida/

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