In this Issue:
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • The Grass is Getting “Hungry”
  • Mowing Your Lawn Correctly
  • Algal Leaf Spot Common on Magnolias and Camellias
  • Tree Care in Hurricane Season
  • Learning from the Floods
  • What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!
  • Waterfront Landscaping
  • Leaf Litter: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Work?
  • Stressed Pines Being Attacked By Beetles
  • Rain

    Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus

    Each time I travel to central and south Florida and observe the wonderfully flamboyant tropical flora, I am reminded of the unique and frustrating climatic characteristics of Northwest Florida.  Our weather is tropical enough through the summer to sustain virtually everything our friends to the south grow, but winters north of the Big Bend are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/heating-up-with-hardy-hibiscus/

    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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    Algal Leaf Spot Common on Magnolias and Camellias

    Algal leaf spot, also known as green scurf, is commonly found on thick-leaved, evergreen trees and shrubs such as magnolias and camellias.  It is in the genus Cephaleuros and happens to be one of the only plant parasitic algae found in the United States.  Although commonly found on magnolias and camellias, algal leaf spot has a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/29/algal-leaf-spot-common-on-magnolias-and-camellias/

    Tree Care in Hurricane Season

    Hurricane Season began June 1. While storm experts are predicting a slower year due to El Nino conditions, it only takes a single storm landing nearby to cause millions in damage, uprooting trees and lives. Tree damage to homes and property can be devastating, and one of the first instincts of many homeowners when they …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/06/02/tree-care-in-hurricane-season/

    Learning from the Floods

    Just over a year ago, southwest Alabama and northwest Florida experienced a devastating storm that left hundreds without access to their homes and businesses, flooded out and stranded by a hurricane-force storm that didn’t come with the luxury of a week’s warning. Rainfall records in Pensacola go back to 1879, and the April 29-30 storm …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/05/06/learning-from-the-floods/

    What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!

    Rain gardens are an easy way to return water to our aquifer, reduce erosion, and help prevent stormwater runoff. Running down the driveway or patio, rainwater can pick up lawn chemicals and pesticides. A rain garden is basically a low section of the landscape planted with native plants that like to get their “feet” wet. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/14/what-to-do-with-all-this-rain-plant-a-rain-garden/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/03/17/waterfront-landscaping/

    Leaf Litter: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Work?

    For the homeowner who feels the need to rake leaves and pine needles, the task can be something of a minor nuisance. The showers of earth-toned leftovers appear suddenly and at inconvenient times, and their removal is never added to a chore list without dispute. Disarray aside, these organic remnants provide far more benefits than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/01/22/leaf-litter-do-the-benefits-outweigh-the-work/

    Stressed Pines Being Attacked By Beetles

    Pine bark beetles are frequent pests of stressed pines in the southern United States. The five most common southern pine bark beetle species include three in the genus Ips. Ips beetles usually colonize only those trees that are already stressed, declining, or fallen due to environmental factors. Infestations may occur in response to drought, root …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/08/19/stressed-pines-being-attacked-by-beetles/

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