In this Issue:
  • Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball
  • Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt
  • Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully
  • Fire Ants in the Garden
  • Fence Row Weed Control…Optional?
  • Common Live Oak Problems and Solutions
  • Does Your Lawn Guy Need a License?
  • Biological Control in Action!
  • What’s Wrong with My Camellia Leaves?
  • Best Management Practices

    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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    Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

    A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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    Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt

    Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem, but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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    Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

    Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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    Fire Ants in the Garden

      There’s nothing worse than sinking your fingers into your garden soil to dig up a potato, plant a seedling, or pull up a radish, and be met with a sharp, painful sting, and little red critters rocketing up your arms. If you are a gardener in the panhandle, my bet is that you know …

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    Fence Row Weed Control…Optional?

    Nothing looks better than a fence clean from weeds right?  It all depends on the goal you have in mind.  If you want to one day receive the infamous honor of “yard of the month”, than you might want the cleanest and straightest fence around.  If you have goals of providing a habitat for wildlife and beneficial …

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    Common Live Oak Problems and Solutions

      The Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is one of the most iconic figures of the Deep South. Mentioning the words Live Oak invokes all sorts of romantic nostalgia of yesteryear and the reputation is not unearned. In fact, many Live Oaks still stand that were growing on American soil when the first English settlers set …

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    Does Your Lawn Guy Need a License?

    If your lawn and landscape care professional applies fertilizer as a part of his/her services, then the answer is yes. Since January 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has required that all commercial fertilizer applicators have a Limited Fertilizer License. So what does FDACS define as a fertilizer? You may be …

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    Biological Control in Action!

    Every day, if I get home before the sun goes down, I like to walk around my garden and see how things are growing. At this time of year there are always new surprises in the garden – plants leafing out after a winter break, new flower buds and blooms, and of course sometimes garden …

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    What’s Wrong with My Camellia Leaves?

    Recently, a home gardener brought in some strange looking new leaves on his camellia. The youngest leaves were thick and fleshy and looked more characteristic of a succulent type plant than a camellia. What’s wrong with these leaves? The culprit is a fungus Exobasidium camelliae whose spores are carried by the wind in search of …

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