Tag Archive: Invasive Species

Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop

Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts. Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/26/controlling-brush-invasive-species-workshop/

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/

Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem

Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the ensuing years it has since escaped cultivation and become established in hardwood hammocks and other moist woods of natural areas and grazing lands. Specimens have been collected from 19 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/12/coral-ardisia-a-pretty-problem/

Solutions for Cogongrass!

A U.S. Forest Service grant is again available to assist non-industrial private landowners with the cost of controlling cogongrass. Applications will be accepted starting October 15, 2015. The program reimburses landowners for 50% of the cost for two consecutive years with a maximum reimbursement of $10,000 for each year. Cogongrass is one of the worst …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/10/14/solutions-for-cogongrass/

Monitor for Mole Crickets

Many people treat their lawn with an insecticide when they see mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn. What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest.  Mole crickets spend the winter as adults in the soil. As temperatures warm in late February and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/20/monitor-for-mole-crickets/

Just Say No to Chinese Wisteria

Maybe you have been seeing the Chinese wisteria, Wisteria chinensis, sporting its lavender blooms along the roadways this time of year. This vine may add a pleasant splash of color to the green leafy backdrop, but this is an invasive vine that has escaped our yards and gardens and is spreading on its own in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/04/06/just-say-no-to-chinese-wisteria/

Chinese Privet

The Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, is a plant that is well known to many people as a great nuisance in the landscape. It is also a Florida noxious weed because of its invasive nature. Originally grown as an ornamental that formed a hedge and tolerated poor conditions, the Chinese privet has now spread to natural …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/01/13/chinese-privet/

Invasive or Just Great Fall Color

Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum (L.) a  deciduous and very aggressive tree. Many people appreciate the fact that it grows fast, provides great shade, and has a beautiful reddish fall color. Despite it’s attributes, it is highly invasive and considered a noxious weed. It has spread to every coastal state from North Carolina to Texas, and inland to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/10/07/invasive-or-just-great-fall-color/

An Unwanted Beach Visitor: Beach Vitex

Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are spending more time on our gorgeous Gulf beaches. Sea turtles are nesting and everyone gets excited at sightings of dolphins, sharks, and the Blue Angels. However, we have another recent visitor to our beaches, and this one isn’t spending money and renting condos. It …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/07/21/an-unwanted-beach-visitor-beach-vitex/

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