In this Issue:
  • Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants
  • Choosing a Landscape Professional
  • Growing Squash in the Home Garden
  • Still Time to Register for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference!
  • The Grass is Getting “Hungry”
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • What’s in Your Manure?
  • Does Your Lawn Guy Need a License?
  • Fertilizer

    Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants

    Florida is known for many things, however sweeping vistas of hillsides covered in the orange, red, and yellow foliage of fall is not one of them.  Our long, hot summers and short, cool (not cold) winters, and lack of anything of substance resembling a season in between, precludes the fall color show our neighbors to …

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    Choosing a Landscape Professional

    Finding professional landscape services for your home or business can be difficult. Unlike many skilled trades in Florida, landscapers/groundskeepers are mostly unregulated. No state exams exist to determine mastery of the basic skills required to perform lawn or landscape maintenance. Ultimately, consumers are left on their own to determine who to hire. As UF/IFAS Extension …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/25/choosing-a-landscape-professional/

    Growing Squash in the Home Garden

    Are you interested in growing squash in your garden?  Do you know the difference between summer squash and winter squash?  Check out this very informative instructional video on growing squash in your home garden by Walton County Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson.     Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu Matt Lollar is the Santa Rosa County …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/21/growing-squash-in-the-home-garden/

    Still Time to Register for the Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference!

    Register today for the 2018 Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference!  The Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference is scheduled for February 19th & 20th.  On the 19th we will go on an afternoon farm tour in Baldwin County, AL that will end with dinner (included) at Auburn University’s Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope.  Educational sessions …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/14/still-time-to-register-for-the-panhandle-fruit-vegetable-conference/

    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/

    Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!

    If you’re like me, growing turfgrass is often more of a hassle than anything else.  Regardless of the species you plant, none tolerates shade well and it can seem like there is a never-ending list of chores and expenses that accompany lawn grass:  mowing (at least one a week during the summer), fertilizing, and constantly …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/18/tired-of-turf-try-groundcover-alternatives-instead/

    Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea

    Regardless of what the tag says one size does not fit all. As with clothing, a piece will undoubtedly be too large for some and too small for others. Trying to go with a “one size fits all” approach to lawn care will lead to the same kind of frustration and disappointment as an ill-fitting garment. All …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/why-a-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-lawn-care-is-a-bad-idea/

    Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

    Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

    What’s in Your Manure?

    Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/24/whats-in-your-manure/

    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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