In this Issue:
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt
  • November 9th Green Industries Best Management Practices Class
  • Helping Turfgrass Overcome Herbicide Injury
  • Properly Water to Establish a Lawn
  • Sprinkler System Check Up
  • Beat the Summer Heat with Energy-Efficient Landscaping
  • Old Habits Die Hard
  • Tomato Foliar Diseases
  • Irrigation

    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/

    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/

    Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt

    Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem, but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-leaf-wilt/

    November 9th Green Industries Best Management Practices Class

    Wednesday November 9th, 8am-4pm. Green Industries Best Management Practices Okaloosa County Extension 3098 Airport Rd. Crestview, FL. Click Here for flyer.   Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide educational …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/21/november-9th-green-industries-best-management-practices-class/

    Helping Turfgrass Overcome Herbicide Injury

    Dr. Ramon Leon, Extension Weed Specialist, West Florida Research and Education Center Herbicides simplify weed management by allowing you to cover extensive areas in a relatively short time, and reduce the need for time-consuming control practices such as hand weeding. Additionally, many herbicides have the advantage of selective control. Selective herbicides are those that kill …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/12/helping-turfgrass-overcome-herbicide-injury/

    Properly Water to Establish a Lawn

    When watering to establish a lawn or when renovating (redoing, patching, reestablishing, starting over, etc.) a lawn, we normally call for 2-3 “mists” throughout the day for the first 7-10 days until roots get established. These are just 10 minute bursts. Then back off to once a day for about ½ hour for 7-10 days. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/07/properly-water-to-establish-a-lawn/

    Sprinkler System Check Up

    Lawns and landscapes require water to flourish and provide the green surroundings desired around homes and recreational areas. Often nature provides water for the landscape in the form of rain, but that is not always adequate. Turf and ornamental plants in the establishment stage need supplemental irrigation during hotter months, especially in the sandy soils of northwest Florida, which can dry out at …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/16/sprinkler-system-check-up/

    Beat the Summer Heat with Energy-Efficient Landscaping

    Late summer brings hot, humid temperatures, and many Floridians are retreating from the heat into their air-conditioned homes. Unfortunately, those comforts of home also come with a price tag. When people think about energy efficiency, practices like turning off lights, purchasing energy-efficient appliances, good insulation and windows, and managing A/C temperature settings are the first things …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/07/27/beat-the-summer-heat-with-energy-efficient-landscaping/

    Old Habits Die Hard

    If you’ve been gardening for more than a few years, you may be confused by UF/IFAS recommendations that conflict with practices you’ve used for years. You aren’t imagining things, we do change recommendations based on the most current research available to help you with your agricultural endeavors. I want to share a few common mistakes …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/06/30/old-habits-die-hard/

    Tomato Foliar Diseases

    With the over abundance of rainfall the western panhandle has seen in recent weeks, tomato gardeners need to be aware of foliar diseases that could appear.  Tomato leaves are an ideal host when moisture is present on the leaf surface.  There are several of these diseases that, if not managed, can destroy the garden. Early …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/21/tomato-foliar-diseases/

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