In this Issue:
  • 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
  • Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully
  • What’s Wrong with My Plant…Picture
  • What’s in Your Manure?
  • Lawn Burweed: Back Again for a Second Act
  • Doveweed: A Warm Season Turf Problem Most Visible In Fall
  • Weeds

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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/

    Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

    Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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    What’s Wrong with My Plant…Picture

    Homeowners and businesses will often send in plant and insect pictures to the Extension Office. This is a convenient practice for both clientele and Extension Agents, but sometimes it may make diagnosis more difficult and more time-consuming. More often though, a fresh or living specimen is necessary for proper identification. In an age when high …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/05/whats-wrong-with-my-plant-picture/

    What’s in Your Manure?

    Humans have used animal manures to fertilize food crops for thousands of years. Manures are an organic source of plant nutrients and are often a waste byproduct that must be properly managed when raising animals. Today, many farmers and backyard gardeners continue to use animal manures to provide nutrition to their crops. However, a recent …

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    Lawn Burweed: Back Again for a Second Act

    This spring, lawn burweed has been an especially noticeable problem in lawns. Extension offices throughout Northwest Florida have been fielding many questions and finding solutions to lawn burweed infestations! 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 …

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    Doveweed: A Warm Season Turf Problem Most Visible In Fall

    Ramon Leon, WFREC Weed Specialist Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that belongs to the dayflower family. Over the last three years, this weed has become an important weed problem in residential lawns and sod production. This weed has two key characteristics that make it successful. First, its seeds germinate late during …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/doveweed-a-warm-season-turf-problem-most-visible-in-fall/

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