In this Issue:
  • Camellia: Think Before You Limb Up
  • How Did I Get Rust On My Blueberries?
  • How to Succeed with Hydrangeas
  • Don’t Commit Crape Murder
  • Correcting Crape Murder
  • Dooryard Citrus Care for February
  • Large Limb Removal Tips
  • Pro Hort Series: Tree Pruning
  • Gardener’s To Do List for December
  • This Fall: Pause Before Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs
  • Pruning

    Camellia: Think Before You Limb Up

    A few months ago I visited a property that had been renovated to clean up some limbs that were in danger of falling on the house.  Pruning tree limbs that are in danger of hitting a structure is always a good idea, but it’s important to look at the impacts this practice may have on …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/06/camellia-think-before-you-limb-up/

    How Did I Get Rust On My Blueberries?

    Blueberry rust on top of a leaf.

    Normally we think of rust as something that deteriorates metal, but a number of different fungal rusts can affect plants in the garden.  Rust disease can affect corn plants, cedar trees, and even blueberry bushes.  Just like the broad range of plant species that can be plagued by rust, there are a number of species …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/04/how-did-i-get-rust-on-my-blueberries/

    How to Succeed with Hydrangeas

    Generally, when folks find out what I do for a living, among the first questions asked is “What is your favorite plant?”  Being somewhat of a plant nerd, that can be a tough question to answer!  However, I usually circle back to the same answer, “Hydrangea”.   There are many reasons my fellow gardeners and I …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/how-to-succeed-with-hydrangeas/

    Don’t Commit Crape Murder

    Pruning is one of the most controversial aspects of maintaining crapemyrtle. Traditionally, many crapemyrtles are routinely topped, leaving large branch and stem stubs. This practice has been called “crape murder” because of the potential impacts on the crapemyrtle health and structural integrity. Topping is the drastic removal of large-diameter wood (typically several years old), with the end …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dont-commit-crape-murder/

    Correcting Crape Murder

    Are you guilty of “Crape Murder”, the dreaded horticultural sin that involves lopping off your beautiful Crape Myrtles fence post high and creating gnarly looking knuckles?  No need to raise hands, you know who you are!  Despite the cruelness of this act, all is not lost; there is still time to repent and change your …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/10/correcting-crape-murder/

    Dooryard Citrus Care for February

    Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

    Large Limb Removal Tips

    There are a number of reasons to remove large limbs from mature trees. The three most common reasons are to either remove dead wood, to keep limbs from interfering with one another and rubbing or growing together, or to keep the tree from having narrow crotch angles. (“Narrow crotch angle” is not a very charming …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/11/large-limb-removal-tips/

    Pro Hort Series: Tree Pruning

      Thursday, November 3, 8am-12pm. ProHort Series: Tree Pruning. Escambia County Central Office Complex 3363 West Park Place Pensacola, FL 32505   16_santarosa_tree_pruning_flyer_email Author: Matthew Orwat – mjorwat@ufl.edu Matthew J. Orwat started his career with UF / IFAS in 2011 and is the Horticulture Extension Agent for Washington County Florida. His goal is to provide …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/21/pro-hort-series-tree-pruning/

    Gardener’s To Do List for December

    Though the calendar says December, the weather in Northwest Florida fluctuates between winter and spring temperatures. The nice days are wonderful opportunities to accomplish many of those outside landscape chores in preparation for spring.  But, it is also a good time to start planning for next month’s colder temperatures.  Since we don’t experience frozen soil, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/16/gardeners-to-do-list-for-december/

    This Fall: Pause Before Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs

      As fall approaches, our spring blooming shrubs such as gardenia, spirea and azalea begin to look unkempt and overgrown. That means it is time to give them a severe pruning to get them ready for winter, right? Not so fast, take a minute to understand the growth habit of each species before diving in with the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/09/this-fall-pause-before-pruning-spring-blooming-shrubs/

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