In this Issue:
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Helping Turfgrass Overcome Herbicide Injury
  • When is Half an Inch a Big Deal?
  • Why Is My Grass Dying Again?
  • Waterfront Landscaping
  • Vacation Care for Plants
  • Mowing Methods Make a Difference
  • Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist
  • Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All”
  • Mowing

    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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    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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    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/

    When is Half an Inch a Big Deal?

    Sometimes when we talk about the size of things we like to estimate and don’t worry too much about being precise, but there are times when as little as a half inch really is a big deal. When talking about landscape maintenance and pest management that half inch can be crucial. Here are three examples …

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    Why Is My Grass Dying Again?

    “We have replaced this grass several times over the past few years; and it’s dying again.”  I have heard this complaint too many times this summer.  Last summer’s heavy rain, the stress of January’s icy weather, and this year’s extended summer have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis. This …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/16/why-is-my-grass-dying-again/

    Waterfront Landscaping

    A taste of spring weather has arrived, and people will soon be filling the home improvement stores and getting ready for outdoor projects. If you live on the water or near a storm drain, it’s worth considering buffer zones and best management practices for fertilizing and lawn maintenance. A waterfront buffer zone is an area …

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    Vacation Care for Plants

    Summertime is vacation time for people, not plants! While getting ready for that long awaited trip, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, landscape, vegetable garden and house plants. A little time spent preparing your leafy friends for your absence could save you needless worry and hours of extra work when you get back. A …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/23/vacation-care-for-plants/

    Mowing Methods Make a Difference

    Mowing is an important and often overlooked landscape best management practices that can increase lawn health. Most of us mowed lawns to earn some spending money as kids. As long as it was shorter when we finished than when we started our customers were happy.  Although mowing seems like a simple chore that anyone can …

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    Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist

    As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain. Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen. That problem is somewhat eliminated if you …

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    Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All”

    Above average rainfall this summer has supplied water to more than just our landscapes, weeds are benefiting and flourishing as well. Just as with any other landscape pest, proper weed control starts with accurate identification and knowledge about the life cycle of the weed. When weeds are low in number, mechanical control (pulling, mowing) is a good start. …

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