In this Issue:
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!
  • The Mystery of Florida Betony
  • Lookout for Early Spring Weeds
  • Dollarweed: Friend or Foe
  • Prepare NOW to Avoid Lawn Burweed Infestation Later
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds
  • An Important Tip When Installing Sod
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant
  • Weeds

    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/the-mystery-of-florida-betony/

    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/

    Dollarweed: Friend or Foe

    We have many weeds in the Panhandle that are a nuisance to our landscape, with some being very difficult to control. Dollarweed certainly falls into this category. But, does dollarweed have an upside? Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.) is a largeleaf creeping perennial that thrives in central and northern Florida, but is found throughout both Atlantic and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/dollarweed-friend-or-foe/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/10/prepare-now-to-avoid-lawn-burweed-infestation-later/

    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/

    Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds

    Remember last summer? The hot, dry days.  Grass drying up and turning brown.  Yet, the weeds are green and doing fine.  However, every herbicide label warns against applying when the temperatures are above 85 degrees and especially under drought conditions.  Those weeds flourished and dispersed seed everywhere.  Now, they are just sitting there ready to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/03/plan-to-reduce-summer-weeds/

    An Important Tip When Installing Sod

    It won’t be long before homeowners start thinking about sodding a new lawn or renovating areas of their existing turf. Although sodding when turf is dormant is acceptable, it is best to install sod that is green. One reason is that you can see if any sod pieces are infested with weeds such as bermudagrass . …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/17/an-important-tip-when-installing-sod/

    Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

    A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

    Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant

    North Florida gardeners have many non-native, invasive plants to deal with, but none quite as stinky as skunkvine (Paederia foetida). As the name implies, skunkvine has a noticeable smell, especially when the leaves are crushed, and it is an aggressive-growing vine, capable of smothering desirable landscape plants. Gardeners should learn to recognize and control this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/skunkvine-a-stinky-invasive-plant/

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