In this Issue:
  • Summer Annual Weeds Thriving in Panhandle Lawns
  • A Robotic Mower Debuts at the Gulf Coast Turfgrass Expo & Field Day
  • Is Your Lawn Drowning?
  • The Mystery of Florida Betony
  • Lookout for Early Spring Weeds
  • Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot
  • Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems
  • Let That Digger Bee Be
  • Dollarweed: Friend or Foe
  • Winterizer for North Florida Lawns?
  • Lawns

    Summer Annual Weeds Thriving in Panhandle Lawns

    With daily rainfall occurring regularly, coupled with humid temperatures, summer annual weeds have had a mighty boost in growth. Chamberbitter, Florida pusley, sedge and oxalis are just some examples of the many weeds that are  exploding across our landscape. Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria) is found as north as Illinois and as west as Texas, but thrives …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/06/summer-annual-weeds-thriving-in-panhandle-lawns/

    A Robotic Mower Debuts at the Gulf Coast Turfgrass Expo & Field Day

    Dr. Shaddox discusses the Miimo mower.

    A new research project at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, FL is looking into the quality of turfgrass cut with a robotic mower.  The study is to determine whether the quality of St. Augustinegrass can be improved by continuous mowing with a robotic mower at 2.4″ height instead of the traditional …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/28/a-robotic-mower-debuts-at-the-gulfcoast-expo-turfgrass-field-day/

    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/

    The Mystery of Florida Betony

    If you look closely at your yard, there is a good chance that you will find a plant that, depending on who you ask, is considered either a native wildflower or a weed and there are more than a few species that fit this description. If, upon even closer inspection, you find a plant with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/the-mystery-of-florida-betony/

    Lookout for Early Spring Weeds

    Spring 2018 is barely out of the starting gate. All kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms! This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly. Much like the Easter egg hunts a few weeks ago, a search of the landscape can bring multiple surprises. Two colorful plants, spiderwort and rustweed, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/lookout-for-early-spring-weeds/

    Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot

    Recently, an Extension Agent in the Florida Panhandle received a picture of some mushrooms popping up in a client’s garden.  These particular mushrooms were in a spot where leftover mushroom compost had been dumped.  The compost was previously used to grow oyster mushrooms and the client was hopeful that she had more oyster mushrooms growing in her …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/armillaria/

    Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems

    Patience, warmer soil temperature and correct lawn management will solve many spring lawn problems. Many spring dead spots in lawns are caused by something that happened the previous growing season or winter. For example, a late application of a high-nitrogen fertilizer can decrease winter survival. It’s best to not fertilize our lawns after early September. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/16/have-patience-with-spring-lawn-problems/

    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/

    Dollarweed: Friend or Foe

    We have many weeds in the Panhandle that are a nuisance to our landscape, with some being very difficult to control. Dollarweed certainly falls into this category. But, does dollarweed have an upside? Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.) is a largeleaf creeping perennial that thrives in central and northern Florida, but is found throughout both Atlantic and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dollarweed-friend-or-foe/

    Winterizer for North Florida Lawns?

    If you’ve been to a local garden center lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some displays marketing winterizer fertilizer for your lawn. Many of these displays are quite shiny and state all sorts of reasons why you should apply fertilizer to prepare your lawn for winter. However, as with most purchases, a little consumer …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/20/winterizer-for-north-florida-lawns/

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