Tag Archive: IPM

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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Unique Roses for Northwest Florida and Beyond

Home Gardeners, when they think of roses, their mind inevitably turns to the ‘Knockout’ rose and its offspring. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with ‘Knockout’ roses, it makes a great ornamental landscape plant, and it’s easy to propagate. With all the ‘Knockout’ mania, since the early 2000s, many garden roses, that are well adapted to …

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Protecting Our Pollinators in the Landscape

Bees, butterflies and other insects play important roles as pollinators in our environment. Over 50 major crops in the United States and at least 13 crops in Florida depend on honey bees. Many native plants in natural areas also depend on insect pollinators for reproduction. In Florida, over 300 bee species play a role in …

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The Predatory Praying Mantis

  Summertime is bug time in the Florid Panhandle.  The weather has provided enough rain for the bugs which depend on a supply of foliage and the temperatures have been ideal for a population explosion. Stink bugs, leaf-footed bugs, grasshoppers, all sizes and colors of caterpillars and many more have been enjoying the lush and …

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New Resource on Integrated Pest Management for Shrubs

IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production Volume II is the third book released by the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management Working Group (SNIPM) and includes chapters on hydrangea, loropetalum, holly, rhododendron (including azalea), Indian hawthorn, and weed management. Each chapter covers history, culture and management of the major species and cultivars in production, as …

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Keys to Growing Tomatoes in Florida

Florida farmers produce more fresh tomatoes than any other state. Yet Florida home gardeners find it difficult to grow tomatoes. By changing a few basic practices, home gardeners can increase their chances of success. My philosophy of growing tomatoes in Florida (mixed with science) is outlined below. First, I choose mostly determinate varieties that have …

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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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Why Is My Grass Dying Again?

“We have replaced this grass several times over the past few years; and it’s dying again.”  I have heard this complaint too many times this summer.  Last summer’s heavy rain, the stress of January’s icy weather, and this year’s extended summer have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis. This …

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Spittlebugs: an IPM approach

In recent weeks Spittlebugs have been found everywhere in the western parts of the panhandle.  Spittlebugs are the little black and orange insects you find everywhere in early June.  The adult spittlebug is about 1/4 inch long and has two orange lines across its back.  You may notice them flying on you while you mow …

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Gulf Coast Small Farms – Spring Field Day – May 10

  UF/IFAS NW District Extension agents and the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center have joined forces to provide relevant hands on training for the Small Farmers of northwest Florida and surrounding areas by developing the Gulf Coast Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises program.  This Spring Field Day will be a sneak peek at what the program will …

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