In this Issue:
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Dig Safely: Call 811
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball
  • Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!
  • Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation
  • Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up
  • Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully
  • Common Live Oak Problems and Solutions
  • Installation

    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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    Dig Safely: Call 811

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/13/dig-safely-call-811/

    Put Some Thought into Tree Placement

    It’s really tempting to buy a tree and plant it in the middle of your lawn or directly in front of your picture window, but instead take some time to choose the best spot first. Several considerations such as maintenance and mature size should be taken into account before the site is selected. Placing a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/07/put-some-thought-into-tree-placement/

    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/

    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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    Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!

    Missing rose buds, pulled up pansies, and damaged tree trunks are all signs that something has been visiting your garden while you are away. But what could it be? Most gardeners are familiar with leaf spots caused by fungal diseases or minor feeding damage by insects, but to see half a shrub or an entire …

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    Fall: An Ideal Time for Shrub Installation

    It was a hot summer that has continued into Fall.  We hope cooler temperatures are on their way to the panhandle of Florida.  Fall can be a great time to spruce up your landscape with some new shrubs. It may be time for your landscape to receive a mini-makeover and to get a new look. …

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    Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

    By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, springtime seems to be the best time for planting. This is the case for our frost tender annuals and perennials but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and shrubs …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/best-seasons-for-planting-coming-up/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/26/common-live-oak-problems-and-solutions/

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