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. Grass Worms — August 17, 2017
  2. The Grass is Getting “Hungry” — July 21, 2017
  3. Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators — June 22, 2017
  4. My Tree Has Tumors — May 25, 2017
  5. Dig Safely: Call 811 — April 13, 2017

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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/

The Grass is Getting “Hungry”

Northwest Florida’s weather patterns can present challenges to maintaining a health lawn. Heavy rains promote fast growth and relentless sunshine causes lawns to fade.  In the last 200 days we have received at least 68 days of rain.  While the rest of Florida was experiencing record drought, the Panhandle was experiencing torrential downpours.  With every …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/21/the-grass-is-getting-hungry/

Celebrating and Attracting Pollinators

Unfortunately, reports from the National Research Council say that the long-term population trends for some North American pollinators are “demonstrably downward”. Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated “National Pollinator Week” to help raise awareness.  National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017) is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/celebrating-and-attracting-pollinators/

My Tree Has Tumors

As oak trees are now fully leafing out and people start hanging out in the shade of the canopy, many of you are noticing strange growths on the branches. They look like potatoes, spiky cones and fuzz balls on the leaves and stems.  Don’t worry.  It’s just a harmless wasp that chose that tree to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/my-tree-has-tumors/

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/

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