In this Issue:
  • Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed
  • Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources
  • Tired of Turf? Try Groundcover Alternatives Instead!
  • Bark Stripping Squirrels
  • Why Are There Holes in My Tree?
  • Acorns Abound!
  • Something’s Been Eating in My Yard!
  • What’s Eating My Tree?
  • Is It a Salamander or Pocket Gopher?
  • Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint
  • Wildlife

    Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

    We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed species most planted has been tropical …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

    Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources

    If you are a regular reader of Gardening in the Panhandle, you know that this e-newsletter covers many topics related to ornamental and vegetable gardening, Florida-friendly landscaping, pest management, and lawn and garden fertility. But did you also know that UF/IFAS Extension in the Florida Panhandle has four other E-newsletters covering topics such as Florida …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/27/improve-your-life-with-panhandle-e-extension-newsletters-and-ufifas-edis-resources/

    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/

    Bark Stripping Squirrels

    Squirrel bark stripping damage on a Chinese elm.

    The squirrels are at it again! This time they are stripping the bark from the trunks of my Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia) trees. Squirrels feed on the bark of a number of other different tree species including oaks, maples, and pecans. There are a few theories as to why squirrels feed on tree bark. Pregnant Females …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/18/bark-stripping-squirrels/

    Why Are There Holes in My Tree?

    Have you noticed strange rings of pencil-sized holes on the trunks of certain trees in your landscape recently?  If so, take heart that these holes are not emanating from an infestation of destructive insects but rather from a perfectly native, rather attractive migratory woodpecker, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (Syphrapicus varius)! The Sapsucker is a smallish bird …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/03/why-are-there-holes-in-my-tree/

    Acorns Abound!

    Do you have more acorns than you know what to do with? When oaks produce loads of acorns, it sometimes is called a “mast” year. Do you remember the oak tree pollen and all those catkins that fell from oaks earlier in spring? Catkins are the male flowers in oaks. Some people refer to them …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/acorns-abound/

    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/

    What’s Eating My Tree?

    The Chinese elms in my yard are under attack.  They are dropping leaves and the temperature’s still in the 70s.  Upon closer look, they aren’t just dropping leaves but the tips of branches too.  What is going on?  Is there a new insect pest wreaking havoc on my trees?  Did I do something wrong?  No, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/07/whats-eating-my-tree/

    Is It a Salamander or Pocket Gopher?

    Pocket gopher is a furry animal known by many locals as “sandy mounder.” It was given this name because of the sandy mounds of excavated earth that the gopher pushes out of its underground burrows. The name sandy mounder, with time, became “salamander.” This animal is not a salamander at all. Salamanders are slimy amphibians …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/23/is-it-a-salamander-or-pocket-gopher/

    Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint

    If you are looking for a late summer blooming plant that attracts pollinators and survives in a tough spot, dotted horsemint (Monarda punctata) is for you! This native plant thrives in sunny, well-drained sites but will also tolerate moist garden spots. It grows quickly and blooms prolifically – attracting pollinators by the dozens. A plant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/16/attract-pollinators-with-dotted-horsemint/

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