In this Issue:
  • Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot
  • Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites
  • A Ghost in the Woods
  • Fig Leaves Dropping Early?
  • Reduce 100 Bags of Fall Leaves to Ten
  • Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully
  • The Fig
  • ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!
  • What’s in Your Manure?
  • Keep It Covered with Mulch
  • Mulch

    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/

    Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites

    We all know that when you have bare ground in Florida, eventually something unwanted moves in or the soil moves out. To avoid either of these negative outcomes, a good practice is to grow robust vegetative groundcovers, especially if the soil slopes and is at high risk of eroding. Turfgrass is one option, but what …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/13/low-maintenance-ground-cover-for-hot-dry-sites/

    A Ghost in the Woods

    Imagine you are enjoying perfect fall weather on a hike with your family, when suddenly you come upon a ghost. Translucent white, small and creeping out of the ground behind a tree, you stop and look closer to figure out what it is you’ve just seen. In such an environment, the “ghost” you might come …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/a-ghost-in-the-woods/

    Fig Leaves Dropping Early?

    Hopefully, by this time of year, most north Florida gardeners have harvested their figs and are enjoying fig preserves or fig bars. But if you’ve noticed your fig leaves dropping a little early, it may be a sign of the fungal disease Fig Rust (Cerotelium fici). Figs are a great fruit tree for the north …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/18/fig-leaves-dropping-early/

    Reduce 100 Bags of Fall Leaves to Ten

    Billions of leaves blanket the fall landscape and are bagged by hundreds of homeowners to be placed curbside for local trash pick-up. Many of these leaves could be easily turned into valuable mulch or compost. Why do all those fall leaves end up in bags to be discarded? It’s probably because the homeowner is overwhelmed …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/02/reduce-100-bags-of-fall-leaves-to-ten/

    Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

    Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

    The Fig

    Summer is full of simple pleasures—afternoon rainstorms, living in flip flops, and cooling off in a backyard pool. Among these, one of my favorites is walking out my door and picking handfuls of figs right from the tree. Before we planted our tree, my only prior experience with the fruit was a Fig Newton—I’d never …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/26/the-fig/

    ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!

    There is something almost magical about picking vibrantly blue blueberries off a bush and eating them fresh. If you watch the blueberries develop, you see them go from shades of pale green and blush red to dark and puffy and bright blue. When a blueberry is ready – you know it! Blueberries are one of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/08/tis-the-season-for-u-pick-blueberries/

    What’s in Your Manure?

    Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/24/whats-in-your-manure/

    Keep It Covered with Mulch

    Do you have a bare spot that you would like to see go away? How about a problem getting something to grow in a particular area? I’m not talking about that receding hairline or bald spot, I’m talking about your lawns and gardens. Many residents have these problems, whether it is too much shade under …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/14/keep-it-covered-with-mulch/

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