In this Issue:
  • The Mystery of Florida Betony
  • Lookout for Early Spring Weeds
  • Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems
  • Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later
  • Grass Worms
  • Recent Weather Fueling Fungi
  • Mowing Your Lawn Correctly
  • Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns
  • Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Turf

    The Mystery of Florida Betony

    If you look closely at your yard, there is a good chance that you will find a plant that, depending on who you ask, is considered either a native wildflower or a weed and there are more than a few species that fit this description. If, upon even closer inspection, you find a plant with …

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    Lookout for Early Spring Weeds

    Spring 2018 is barely out of the starting gate. All kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms! This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly. Much like the Easter egg hunts a few weeks ago, a search of the landscape can bring multiple surprises. Two colorful plants, spiderwort and rustweed, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/lookout-for-early-spring-weeds/

    Have Patience with Spring Lawn Problems

    Patience, warmer soil temperature and correct lawn management will solve many spring lawn problems. Many spring dead spots in lawns are caused by something that happened the previous growing season or winter. For example, a late application of a high-nitrogen fertilizer can decrease winter survival. It’s best to not fertilize our lawns after early September. …

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    Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later

    On the top of my list of lawn related annoyances is stepping into a patch of burweed, Soliva sessilis, which is in the sunflower family and is also known as spurweed. The leaves are opposite along the stem and sometimes resemble parsley. The main ways in which burweed can irk the casual gardener are sticking to …

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    Grass Worms

    If you are one of the many that have taken advantage of the frequent rain in order to establish a new lawn, keep an eye open for “grass worms”. Though truly caterpillars, not worms, these destructive, chewing insects can wreak havoc on new sod. Tropical sod webworm larvae are destructive pests of warm season turfgrasses …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/17/grass-worms/

    Recent Weather Fueling Fungi

    Florida’s panhandle has received quite a bit of rain this summer. In the last three months, depending on the location, approximately 15 to 35 inches of rain have come down, with the western panhandle on the higher end of that range. In addition to the rain, we all know how hot it has been with …

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    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/21/mowing-your-lawn-correctly/

    Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

    Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the reproductive structures of an array of different organisms, classified as plasmodia or Protista, which are regularly present in the soil. They are often mistaken for fungi. The different types are referred to as myxomycetes …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/16/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

    Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn

    Fertilizing a lawn properly in the summer can enhance the landscape without inducing disease or harming the environment . One universal activity is seasonal lawn and landscape maintenance. While some consider it a chore, many view it as a means to enhancing their personal environment. The list of tasks are, for the most part, standard with few …

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    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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