In this Issue:
  • Grass Worms
  • Summer Irrigation Tips
  • Recent Weather Fueling Fungi
  • The Grass is Getting “Hungry”
  • Mowing Your Lawn Correctly
  • 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!
  • Lawns

    Grass Worms

    If you are one of the many that have taken advantage of the frequent rain in order to establish a new lawn, keep an eye open for “grass worms”. Though truly caterpillars, not worms, these destructive, chewing insects can wreak havoc on new sod. Tropical sod webworm larvae are destructive pests of warm season turfgrasses …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/17/grass-worms/

    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/

    Recent Weather Fueling Fungi

    Florida’s panhandle has received quite a bit of rain this summer. In the last three months, depending on the location, approximately 15 to 35 inches of rain have come down, with the western panhandle on the higher end of that range. In addition to the rain, we all know how hot it has been with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/01/recent-weather-fueling-fungi/

    The Grass is Getting “Hungry”

    Northwest Florida’s weather patterns can present challenges to maintaining a health lawn. Heavy rains promote fast growth and relentless sunshine causes lawns to fade.  In the last 200 days we have received at least 68 days of rain.  While the rest of Florida was experiencing record drought, the Panhandle was experiencing torrential downpours.  With every …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/21/the-grass-is-getting-hungry/

    Mowing Your Lawn Correctly

    Northwest Florida has experienced an enormous amount of rain this summer. The western panhandle has received over 29 inches of rain since the beginning of May according to the Florida Automated Weather Network station at the West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, Florida. That is 44% of average annual rainfall in less than …

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    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/

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