Taylor Vandiver

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Name: Taylor Vandiver
Date registered: June 7, 2013

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  1. Reference Books for Gardeners and Landscapers Alike — August 3, 2015
  2. The Danger Within… What’s Hiding in Our Woods — June 15, 2015
  3. What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden! — April 14, 2015
  4. Pollen and Allergy Season: The Price We Pay for Living in a Lush Landscape — March 24, 2015
  5. Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers — February 17, 2015

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Reference Books for Gardeners and Landscapers Alike

As our world and our lives become more centered on technology it seems that all the information we need is just a touch screen away. After all, you are most likely reading this article from a laptop, smart phone, or tablet. While convenient and portable, there are some places you might not wish to take …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/08/03/reference-books-for-gardeners-and-landscapers-alike/

The Danger Within… What’s Hiding in Our Woods

As summer comes to its apex you may find yourself longing to move your activities outdoors and commune with nature. However, as you are reveling in the warm weather while hiking, camping, biking, gardening, etc. remember that there are native plants of a less friendly nature hiding in plain sight. I’m sure you have all …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/06/15/the-danger-within-whats-hiding-in-our-woods/

What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!

Rain gardens are an easy way to return water to our aquifer, reduce erosion, and help prevent stormwater runoff. Running down the driveway or patio, rainwater can pick up lawn chemicals and pesticides. A rain garden is basically a low section of the landscape planted with native plants that like to get their “feet” wet. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/14/what-to-do-with-all-this-rain-plant-a-rain-garden/

Pollen and Allergy Season: The Price We Pay for Living in a Lush Landscape

It’s that time of year again, that time when your car changes color like a chameleon in order to mimic the surrounding landscape. Anything that stands still long enough will become coated with a light green to yellow dust. What is this dust you might ask? What you are seeing is pollen, a sure sign …

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Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers

Valentine’s Day has come and gone. You were likely showered with gifts from loved ones; gifts covered in chocolate, gifts of the stuffed variety, and more than likely the kind covered in petals. And as you languish in the afterglow of affection it would be wise to remember that your bouquets will need to be …

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Soil: What’s Alive Beneath Our Feet?

You’re digging up a ridiculously stubborn patch of Florida betony when an earthworm crawls across your path. As you break apart the soil in your hands a world of active organisms is being sifted through your fingers. Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial microbes. It is estimated that there can be billions of microbes in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/01/22/soil-whats-alive-beneath-our-feet/

Evergreens for Holiday Decorating

Now that we’ve all been stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey, it’s time to transition into the final and, arguably, most ornate holidays of the year. Right now you can hear your mantles and door frames crying out to be adorned. Your windows are begging for wreaths and giant red bows. And there may be a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/12/16/evergreens-for-holiday-decorating/

The Secret Life of Plants

As winter approaches, short days and cool temperatures cause many plants to slow down and enter a suspended growth phase known as dormancy. Dormancy in plants is similar to the way bears hibernate during the winter. You may be asking yourself what is dormancy? And how can I get in on that? Well, to be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/11/11/the-secret-life-of-plants/

Bold Colors for Your Fall Landscape

I think it’s safe to say fall is officially here. Shouts can be heard from local football stadiums, occasionally a crisp fall breeze will send us looking for a light jacket, and coffee shops are pushing all things pumpkin. Now that we can officially appreciate the cooler fall weather, it may be time to stretch …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/10/07/bold-colors-for-your-fall-landscape/

What’s Eating My Lawn?

What’s eating my lawn? Does your grass look ragged in areas, as if someone randomly used a weed-eater here and there? Are you noticing brown patches that have a closely clipped appearance compared to other areas of your lawn? Your turf may be playing host to Tropical Sod Webworm. Sod webworm damage is subtle at first. …

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