In this Issue:
  • How Did I Get Rust On My Blueberries?
  • How to Succeed with Hydrangeas
  • Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Tips for Transplanting
  • Properly Water to Establish a Lawn
  • Protecting Vegetables from the Heat
  • Vacation Care for Plants
  • 4Rs of Fertilizer Application
  • Take-All Root Rot
  • Watering

    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/

    Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot

    Recently, an Extension Agent in the Florida Panhandle received a picture of some mushrooms popping up in a client’s garden.  These particular mushrooms were in a spot where leftover mushroom compost had been dumped.  The compost was previously used to grow oyster mushrooms and the client was hopeful that she had more oyster mushrooms growing in her …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/armillaria/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/18/tired-of-turf-try-groundcover-alternatives-instead/

    Tips for Transplanting

    When I think of the end of winter and the hot temperatures that will soon be here to stay in the Florida Panhandle, I often feel a little melancholy. But the one silver lining that always picks me back up is remembering what warmer temperatures will mean in the garden. This is the start to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/07/tips-for-transplanting/

    Properly Water to Establish a Lawn

    When watering to establish a lawn or when renovating (redoing, patching, reestablishing, starting over, etc.) a lawn, we normally call for 2-3 “mists” throughout the day for the first 7-10 days until roots get established. These are just 10 minute bursts. Then back off to once a day for about ½ hour for 7-10 days. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/07/properly-water-to-establish-a-lawn/

    Protecting Vegetables from the Heat

    In fall, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables but are faced with late summer heat issues. This happens during the first few days of August here in north Florida. Most cole crops are recommended to be planted for the fall as early as August 1, but they must be protected from the hot …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/08/12/protecting-vegetables-from-the-heat/

    Vacation Care for Plants

    Summertime is vacation time for people, not plants! While getting ready for that long awaited trip, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, landscape, vegetable garden and house plants. A little time spent preparing your leafy friends for your absence could save you needless worry and hours of extra work when you get back. A …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/23/vacation-care-for-plants/

    4Rs of Fertilizer Application

    The old cliché is “April showers bring May flowers”, but April deluges create weak plants and yellow grass. You were following the UF/IFAS recommendations and waited until April 15th to fertilize. You followed the Urban Turf Rule and applied a low-phosphate fertilizer with slow-release nitrogen. Yet, your grass is yellow and the shrubs haven’t put …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/06/17/4rs-of-fertilizer-application/

    Take-All Root Rot

    Last summer’s heavy rain and the stress of January’s icy weather have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis that causes yellow grass patches ranging in diameter from a few inches to more than 15 feet. The symptoms first appear in the spring, but disease can persist …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/05/13/take-all-root-rot/

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