In this Issue:
  • How Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained?
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • Growing Squash in the Home Garden
  • Late Spring Signals Leaf Gall for Some Camellias
  • Is Your Lawn Drowning?
  • April is National Safe Digging Month!
  • Summer Irrigation Tips
  • Tips on How to Manage Water in Your Landscape
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Irrigation

    How Does Your Sprinkler System Know It Has Rained?

    Although it has been very hot this summer throughout the Florida Panhandle, many areas have been blessed with afternoon showers several day in a row.  Historically, this has been the typical Northwest Florida weather pattern known as the ‘Dog Days’.  Yet, many landscape sprinkler systems were still running.  One has to ask, “Where are all the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/how-does-your-sprinkler-system-know-it-has-rained/

    Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus

    Each time I travel to central and south Florida and observe the wonderfully flamboyant tropical flora, I am reminded of the unique and frustrating climatic characteristics of Northwest Florida.  Our weather is tropical enough through the summer to sustain virtually everything our friends to the south grow, but winters north of the Big Bend are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/heating-up-with-hardy-hibiscus/

    Growing Squash in the Home Garden

    Are you interested in growing squash in your garden?  Do you know the difference between summer squash and winter squash?  Check out this very informative instructional video on growing squash in your home garden by Walton County Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson.     Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu Matt Lollar is the Santa Rosa County …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/21/growing-squash-in-the-home-garden/

    Late Spring Signals Leaf Gall for Some Camellias

    Camellias are a Panhandle favorite, as the flowers can highlight a landscape with bright, vibrant colors in fall and winter. However, spring time can bring about these colors in a negative way, in the form of leaf gall. The camellia is native to Asia and brought to America in the late 1700’s. These plants have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/07/late-spring-signals-leaf-gall-for-some-camellias/

    Is Your Lawn Drowning?

    A healthy lawn is a joy to stroll, relax and play on. It can also be part of an environmentally friendly landscape. But, sometimes it can seem to be a mystery on how to achieve that lush, healthy lawn in the Florida environment. Since we have lots of sandy soils and experience long periods of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/is-your-lawn-drowning/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/april-is-national-safe-digging-month/

    Summer Irrigation Tips

    July’s hot summer weather has given way to August’s 31 days of what will likely be temperatures and humidity equally elevated and intense. Wishes for November’s cooler thermometer reading are already creeping into daily conversations. The lawns and gardens in Wakulla County have rains as a mitigating factor to counteract the wilting potential of normal …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/11/summer-irrigation-tips/

    Tips on How to Manage Water in Your Landscape

        Although we’ve received much-needed rainfall of late, it’s still a struggle to manage moisture levels in our Panhandle landscapes this summer. During wet summer seasons, one recurring issue is that watering plants too much can have as much of an ill effect as not watering enough. Shallow rooted plants, as well as newly set plants …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/29/tips-on-how-to-manage-water-in-your-landscape/

    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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