In this Issue:
  • Choosing a Landscape Professional
  • April is National Safe Digging Month!
  • Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees
  • Measure Your Lawn the Easy Way
  • Grass Worms
  • Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds
  • So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series
  • Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!
  • Challenges for Use of Glyphosate Alternatives in Urban Landscapes
  • Don’t Be Duped By Plant Tags!
  • Green Industry

    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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    April is National Safe Digging Month!

    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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    Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees

    Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, filter the air, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often times when an arborist is needed to help determine the best course of action for the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/arborists-help-maintain-healthy-trees/

    Measure Your Lawn the Easy Way

    After you have chosen the right fertilizer, fungicide, herbicide or insecticide to apply to your landscape, the question becomes: how much do I buy? Labels on these products will tell you how many square feet it will cover – so that leads to the next question: how many square feet of lawn do I have? …

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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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    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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    So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

    Are you an avid gardener and looking to step it up a notch? Are your gardening eyes bigger than your dinner plate? If you have ever considered selling your bounty for market, you will certainly need to do your homework! One such step you can take is to attend the UF/IFAS Panhandle Extension Team’s So …

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    Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!

    Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) have recently been encountered in a number of yards in the Panhandle. The worms usually feed in large groups and unfortunately, the first, and basically the only, sign of damage is often a large area of shorter grass due to their feeding. The arrival time of sod webworms is also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/29/sod-webworms-may-soon-be-in-a-yard-near-you/

    Challenges for Use of Glyphosate Alternatives in Urban Landscapes

    Dr. Ramon Leon, Extension Weed Specialist, West Florida REC, Jay Last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  This generated a lot of controversy because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Food Safety Authority, and recently a joint report …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/19/challenges-for-use-of-glyphosate-alternatives-in-urban-landscapes/

    Don’t Be Duped By Plant Tags!

    People are, by nature, skeptical. Humans are and have always been questioners of the world around them and that’s a good thing! For instance, when one reads a sensational article on Facebook or watches an infomercial selling a too-good-to-be-true product he/she is immediately dubious of the veracity of the claim. Given this innate sense, why …

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