In this Issue:
  • Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns
  • Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Get Those Fairies Off My Lawn!
  • Choosing a Lawn Maintenance Company
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds
  • What Plant is This?
  • Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt
  • Lawns

    Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

    Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on warm humid days in late spring or …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/16/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

    Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

    There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they are quite the problem in North Florida lawns. Most people, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/10/ground-pearls-the-peril-of-local-lawns/

    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/

    Get Those Fairies Off My Lawn!

    Mushrooms often are grouped in a circle in your lawn.  This is due to the circular release of spores from a central mushroom. “Fairy Ring” is a term used to describe this phenomenon. Fairy rings can be caused by multiple mushroom species such as Chlorophyllum spp., Marasmius spp., Lepiota spp., Lycoperdon spp., and other basidiomycete fungi. Occurrence …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/get-those-fairies-off-my-lawn/

    Choosing a Lawn Maintenance Company

    Lawns in northwest Florida are really starting to get going early this year. It is early March but feels much later in the year and many feel behind on their lawn maintenance and various other landscape chores. Maybe it is time to think about hiring a lawn maintenance company to do the job for you. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/09/choosing-a-lawn-maintenance-comapny/

    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/

    Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds

    Remember last summer? The hot, dry days.  Grass drying up and turning brown.  Yet, the weeds are green and doing fine.  However, every herbicide label warns against applying when the temperatures are above 85 degrees and especially under drought conditions.  Those weeds flourished and dispersed seed everywhere.  Now, they are just sitting there ready to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/03/plan-to-reduce-summer-weeds/

    What Plant is This?

    A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get care recommendations, we can help! In the past, we were reliant on people to bring a sample …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/17/what-plant-is-this/

    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/

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