In this Issue:
  • Why Should I Try to Protect Florida’s Water?
  • Put In Warm-Season Bedding Plants for Colorful Summer Flowering Garden
  • Why Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden Soil
  • Virginia Buttonweed is Difficult to Control
  • As Summer Approaches, Spider Mites Attack Ornamental Shrubs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fertilizers Are Easy
  • Busy Bees
  • Color in the Garden
  • Mowing Magic
  • Spring 2012

    Why Should I Try to Protect Florida’s Water?

    Contrary to popular belief, stormwater runoff—not industrial discharge—is the primary source of water pollution in Florida.  During a rain, anything on the ground can be picked up, carried via water, and taken downstream to the nearest body of water.  While newer construction projects require stormwater treatment (including detention ponds or newer techniques such as pervious pavement and …

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    Put In Warm-Season Bedding Plants for Colorful Summer Flowering Garden

    Robert C Trawick Extension Horticulturist II Jackson County rob.trawick@ufl.edu   In May we move from the warm days and cool nights of spring and early summer to the hot days and warm nights that will be with us until, at the very least, September. With the increasing heat, you’ll inevitably notice the decline of your …

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    Why Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden Soil

    Eddie Powell Extension Horticultural Courtesy Agent I Walton County pep5@ufl.edu With spring in full swing many Florida homeowners are gearing up to grow their own vegetables. The most frequently asked question this time of year is, “why do I need to fertilize my soil?” The answer is simple – – not all nutrients are present in …

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    Virginia Buttonweed is Difficult to Control

    Larry Williams UF/IFAS Extension Agent Okaloosa County lwilliams@co.okaloosa.fl.us   Virginia buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) is a difficult-to-control lawn weed.   Factors that result in this weed being difficult to control include the following. It is a perennial plant native to the Southeastern United States. Spreads by seeds produced above or below ground, broken stems or roots. …

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    As Summer Approaches, Spider Mites Attack Ornamental Shrubs

      Spring is rapidly turning into an early summer. As heat increases so will the incidence of spider mites on ornamental shrubs. The first indicating factor of damage is a yellow mottling on the leaves of the plant, which is caused by the piercing and sucking mouthparts of the spider mite. As they feed they …

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    Upcoming Events

    Escambia County Garden Talks: Attracting Butterflies and Wildlife to the Landscape. Escambia County Master Gardeners will share information on plants and techniques that help homeowners create their own wildlife habitat at home. Programs held on Friday April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at the Escambia County Demonstration Garden, 3740 Stefani Road. Participants must preregister by …

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    Fertilizers Are Easy

    Rob Trawick Extension Horticulturist Jackson County rob.trawick@ufl.edu Understanding the numbers on a bag of fertilizer helps you apply the right amount and ratio of fertilizer your yard and garden need. Fertilizers come in different strengths and blends, with the three numbers on the bags showing the percentage by weight of the three major nutrients. Bag …

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    Busy Bees

    Beth Bolles County Agent Escanbia County bboles@ufl.edu Consider yourself lucky this year if your landscape is found to be a suitable spot for one of our solitary bees.  Late winter and spring are the times when these beneficial bees begin their development, causing interest and concern for many homeowners. Female bee excavates a tunnel in …

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    Color in the Garden

    David W. Marshall Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader Leon County Extension marshalld@leoncountyfl.gov The months of March and April are months of change in the garden. Winter is ending and spring beginning. In the beginning of March freezes are still possible. By April, though, the probability of a freeze, though not impossible, is much more …

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    Mowing Magic

    Theresa Friday Horticulture Agent Santa Rosa County Extension A healthy, good-looking lawn isn’t the result of magic.  It’s from using proper cultural techniques and mowing is perhaps the gardener’s most important chore. Done properly, mowing can increase the thickness of the lawn and make it more resistant to weeds.  Done improperly, mowing can produce long-term …

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