In this Issue:
  • Prepare Yourself and Your Yard for Mosquito Season
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!
  • May 18, 2018, Air Potato Challenge: Beetles Available for the Public
  • Web Art in the Woods
  • 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
  • Insects

    Prepare Yourself and Your Yard for Mosquito Season

    In north Florida, the arrival of warm weather and plenty of rain means it’s time to battle the mosquitoes again. Those pesky little blood-suckers are out and about, often keeping us from enjoying our outdoor pursuits. With some preventative steps, you can reduce the potential for mosquitoes to occur in your yard. As we should …

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    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

    May 18, 2018, Air Potato Challenge: Beetles Available for the Public

    Air potatoes got you down? Have no fear, for the Air Potato Challenge is coming to Leon County! Register now to attend the Air Potato Challenge event on May 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research (6361 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL) and receive a supply of …

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    Web Art in the Woods

    With cool, foggy mornings you may have noticed the large number of spider webs hanging on low vegetation. Some of them have unusual shapes.  One of the most notable is the bowl and doily spider.  This spider (Frontinella pyramitela) is a species of sheet web weavers found throughout the United States, including Northwest Florida. It …

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    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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    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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