In this Issue:
  • Get Those Fairies Off My Lawn!
  • Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!
  • Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt
  • The Color of Fall in the Panhandle
  • Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up
  • Know Your Patented Plants
  • Beneficial Ants
  • A Plant Favorite Comes South
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    Get Those Fairies Off My Lawn!

    Mushrooms often are grouped in a circle in your lawn.  This is due to the circular release of spores from a central mushroom. “Fairy Ring” is a term used to describe this phenomenon. Fairy rings can be caused by multiple mushroom species such as Chlorophyllum spp., Marasmius spp., Lepiota spp., Lycoperdon spp., and other basidiomycete fungi. Occurrence …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/get-those-fairies-off-my-lawn/

    Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes

    It is an often made wish of summer that the cold weather of winter will kill all the mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. This climactic fete would spare people, pets and livestock the irritation of encountering these low flying pest and their predatory behavior. Unfortunately, the thermometer would have to drop to levels approaching the surface …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/11/take-steps-to-minimize-mosquitos/

    Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea

    Regardless of what the tag says one size does not fit all. As with clothing, a piece will undoubtedly be too large for some and too small for others. Trying to go with a “one size fits all” approach to lawn care will lead to the same kind of frustration and disappointment as an ill-fitting garment. All …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/why-a-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-lawn-care-is-a-bad-idea/

    Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!

    Missing rose buds, pulled up pansies, and damaged tree trunks are all signs that something has been visiting your garden while you are away. But what could it be? Most gardeners are familiar with leaf spots caused by fungal diseases or minor feeding damage by insects, but to see half a shrub or an entire …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/somethings-been-eating-in-my-yard/

    Look More Deeply for Causes of Leaf Wilt

    Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem, but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/22/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-leaf-wilt/

    The Color of Fall in the Panhandle

    Each fall, nature puts on a brilliant show of color throughout the United States. As the temperatures drop, autumn encourages the “leaf peepers” to hit the road in search of the red-, yellow- and orange-colored leaves of the northern deciduous trees. In Northwest Florida the color of autumn isn’t just from trees. The reds, purples, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/the-color-of-fall-in-the-panhandle/

    Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

    By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, springtime seems to be the best time for planting. This is the case for our frost tender annuals and perennials but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and shrubs …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/best-seasons-for-planting-coming-up/

    Know Your Patented Plants

    Gardeners love to share plants. My yard, like many of my gardener friends, is filled with plant gifts that were started from a cutting or division of a favorite plant.  These two methods of growing new plants is fairly easy once you learn the techniques and allows gardeners a way to save a little money …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/08/know-your-patented-plants/

    Beneficial Ants

    Believe it or not, there is a beneficial ant that is found in many landscapes. If you see an interesting mound shaped like a small volcano, you likely have the pyramid ants. These ants form small nests in sandy soils and the mound will have a small opening in the very center. Pyramid ants are not aggressive …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/05/beneficial-ants/

    A Plant Favorite Comes South

    A visit to a nursery and homeowners will see so many new selections of plants for the landscape. Some of these plants are new plant developments and may include plants we could not previously grow in Florida’s heat and humidity. One new plant series is the Southgate® Rhododendrons. Anyone from more northern areas of the South …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/a-plant-favorite-comes-south/

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