In this Issue:
  • Cold Weather is a Good Thing for Fruit Trees
  • A Better Search Engine for Gardeners
  • Angelina Sedum Shines in Winter Landscapes
  • Gardener’s To Do List for December
  • Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs
  • Why Should I Wait to Cut Back Perennials?
  • How Can I Control Those Pesky Mosquitoes?
  • Cold Protection for the Winter Garden
  • Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers
  • Property Law and Tree Damage
  • Winter 2015

    Cold Weather is a Good Thing for Fruit Trees

    We may be suffering from the recent low temperatures, but temperate fruit trees such as peaches and apples require a period of cold weather in order to become cold hardy and produce a good crop. What is Cold Hardiness? Cold hardiness is the ability of a plant to survive low temperatures.  However, every cold event …

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    A Better Search Engine for Gardeners

    So often, we are searching for research-based information to solve our gardening questions but the search engine turns up all sorts of sites that we may or may not know and trust. There is now a better way to search for reliable gardening information from trusted universities. The University of Florida IFAS Center for Public …

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    Angelina Sedum Shines in Winter Landscapes

    Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ is an evergreen perennial that adds some pizazz to winter landscapes. This low growing plant performs well in sunny, well-drained spots in the landscape but will also tolerate some shade. In the summer, the foliage is a brilliant chartreuse but after a few cold snaps it takes on a coppery bronze tinge …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/30/angelina-sedum-shines-in-winter-landscapes/

    Gardener’s To Do List for December

    Though the calendar says December, the weather in Northwest Florida fluctuates between winter and spring temperatures. The nice days are wonderful opportunities to accomplish many of those outside landscape chores in preparation for spring.  But, it is also a good time to start planning for next month’s colder temperatures.  Since we don’t experience frozen soil, …

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    Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs

    The cooler weather in the wintertime makes it a great time to plant trees and shrubs. That is why Arbor Day in Florida is the third Friday in January. In 2016, that event is January 15. Start your planning now with doing a site assessment on your landscape, then choosing the right trees and shrubs for your …

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    Why Should I Wait to Cut Back Perennials?

    Although it seems like summer outside, especially with such warm weather the week before Thanksgiving, winter temperatures will be coming. Possibly sooner rather than later. Perennials that are meant to die to the ground each winter look ugly and decayed after the first frost. Faced with such unattractive plants, most gardeners are inclined to cut …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/20/why-should-i-wait-to-cut-back-perennials/

    How Can I Control Those Pesky Mosquitoes?

    Are you plagued with mosquitoes in your yard? Does it seem like you have a greater infestation than your neighbors? There may be some solutions to solve the problem other than using pesticides that negatively impact beneficial insects in your landscape. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can transmit serious diseases such as: eastern equine …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/09/how-can-i-control-those-pesky-mosquitoes/

    Cold Protection for the Winter Garden

    While most of Florida does not have to worry about freezing winter weather, the Florida Panhandle is certainly an exception. North Florida experiences a few hard freezes – temperatures less than 28°F for over five hours – every year. Although most of our cold weather occurs in January and February, we can expect our first …

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    Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers

    Valentine’s Day has come and gone. You were likely showered with gifts from loved ones; gifts covered in chocolate, gifts of the stuffed variety, and more than likely the kind covered in petals. And as you languish in the afterglow of affection it would be wise to remember that your bouquets will need to be …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/02/17/keep-your-love-alive-preserving-cut-flowers/

    Property Law and Tree Damage

    After storms and when homeowners are doing “spring cleaning” around their yards, Extension agents are routinely asked about whose responsibility it is to maintain a tree along a property line. This becomes particularly important in a situation where a property owner’s tree or branch falls and causes damage to their neighbor’s home or possessions. To …

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