In this Issue:
  • A Wildflower Among Weeds
  • Let That Digger Bee Be
  • Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight
  • Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape
  • He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree
  • Lessons Learned from Farmers: Fire Ant Control
  • Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida
  • Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress
  • Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle
  • Smart Sampling
  • Insects

    A Wildflower Among Weeds

    The change in North Florida temperatures from cooler to warmer is making many winter weeds more noticeable as they begin to flower and form seed. Not all of these plants should be considered for mowing or hand pulling. There are several wildflowers that grow in landscape beds and thinning areas of lawns and can be …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/a-wildflower-among-weeds/

    Let That Digger Bee Be

    Have you noticed many little dirt piles that resemble mini ant mounds around your yard? Well, fear not, for these mini mounds are made by digger bees who are excellent, yet ephemeral, early-spring pollinators. These solitary ground-nesters are native to our area and only appear for four to six weeks to raise their offspring. Although …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/let-that-digger-bee-be/

    Pine Tip Moths–pests hidden in plain sight

    Ah, the oft-ignored pine tree. They are so ubiquitous throughout the southeast, that many people consider them undesirable in a landscape. Having grown up near the “Pine Belt” of Mississippi, I figured I knew plenty about them, but this week I learned something new. While on a field tour with local foresters in the business …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/pine-tip-moths-pests-hidden-in-plain-sight/

    Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape

    Bees, butterflies and other insects play important roles as pollinators in our environment. Over 50 major crops in the United States and at least 13 crops in Florida depend on honey bees. Many native plants in natural areas also depend on insect pollinators for reproduction. In Florida, over 300 bee species play a role in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/21/protecting-our-pollinators-in-the-landscape/

    He’s Bored, But He Didn’t Kill Your Tree

    Sometimes you don’t realize a tree is dying until it is dead.  A few weeks ago, we got a call from a client who said he had insects killing his trees.  Before having someone drive out to the property, our Master Gardener volunteer recommended that the client bring in some of the insects for us …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/20/hes-bored-but-he-didnt-kill-your-tree/

    Lessons Learned from Farmers: Fire Ant Control

    As I near the three-year mark of being an Extension Agent, I think about how fortunate I am to have a career that not only encourages me to meet all our local farmers, but also to learn from them and share their knowledge with the community. A few months ago, I visited Blake Canter of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/13/lessons-learned-from-farmers-fire-ant-control/

    Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida

    Did you know we have caterpillars that sting here in Northwest Florida? Well, we do and you’d be wise to learn about them and how to recognize them. These caterpillars do not sting in the same way that a wasp or bee might sting. They do not have “stingers.” But they do have spines, also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/06/caterpillars-that-sting-are-in-northwest-florida/

    Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress

    Bald cypress Taxodium distichum is a native tree that is commonly planted in landscapes because it is adaptable to many sites and grows quickly. It is an interesting tree because it has soft flat leaves that fall off in the winter like other deciduous shade trees; however, it belongs to the Cypress family which consists …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/23/mysterious-growths-on-bald-cypress/

    Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle

    Over the last month or so, home gardeners and commercial growers alike have noticed what look to be large dust particles floating through the air. It’s probably not uncommon to have inhaled a few or even a few hundred of these mysterious particles. Most likely, these “particles” aren’t dust at all but whiteflies instead. Whiteflies are small (less than a tenth …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/whiteflies-invade-the-panhandle/

    Smart Sampling

    One of the roles of a Horticulture Extension Agent is to help identify pests found in the landscape. Weeds are fairly easy for people to sample, simply take some pictures or dig it up and bring it into the office, but what about insects? Slow moving insects may be easy to photograph and if their …

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