In this Issue:
  • My Tree Has Tumors
  • Benefit from Beneficial Insects
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils
  • Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween
  • Spiny Spiders
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • Beneficials

    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/

    Benefit from Beneficial Insects

    A number of summers ago, I noticed whiteflies on a confederate rose plant in my landscape. I considered using an insecticide to control the whiteflies but decided against doing so after taking a closer look. What I found was a population of ladybugs – eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. Ladybug adults and larvae eat whiteflies, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/benefit-from-beneficial-insects/

    Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!

    This time of year, blueberry bushes are flowering and small fruit are coming onto the wild and cultivated bushes in north Florida. Many of us, myself included, look forward to the late-spring harvest of blueberries, taking our children out to u-pick operations and digging out family recipes for blueberry-filled desserts. What many do not know, however, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/love-blueberries-thank-the-blueberry-bee/

    Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

    We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/30/native-shrub-option-for-sandy-soils/

    Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween

    The reality of what happens deep down in the darkness of a fire ant mound hidden to human eyes or in the tunnels of a mole cricket where only creepy crawly things dare to enter may be too scary to believe.  University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences along with USDA introduced a …

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    Spiny Spiders

    The year’s mild winter and frequent rain showers have created lush lawns and gardens with an abundance of insects. As a result, we are seeing many predator arthropods taking advantage of the available feast.  One of the morning interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/spiny-spiders/

    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – – – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/gardening-for-pollinator-conservation-workshop-october-13th-quincy-fl/