Gardening

Taking the guesswork out of watering the lawn (Part 2) …….
By December 17, 2017 Read More →

Taking the guesswork out of watering the lawn (Part 2) …….

Provided by UF/IFAS (This is the second part of a series about how to take the guesswork out of watering the lawn. For part 1, click here.)   Measuring the moisture where it counts…at the roots. Just over a decade ago, a UF/IFAS blogpost was published entitled “Soil-moisture Sensors May Produce Big Water Savings for Homeowners, UF Study […]

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When should you prune fruit trees? ………..
By December 16, 2017 Read More →

When should you prune fruit trees? ………..

by Matthew Orwat Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late March after fruit trees flower.  Because of this variability, it is impossible to predict the perfect time to prune fruit crops […]

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We’d like to plant a few trees. When is the best time? ………..
By December 15, 2017 Read More →

We’d like to plant a few trees. When is the best time? ………..

Provided by UF/IFAS Five Days of Rain Containerized trees may be installed at this time of year. In well-drained, sandy soils, dig a hole slightly shallower than the root ball and twice as wide. Root ball will settle as media decomposes. In compact or poorly drained sites, plant 2-3 inches above grade. Red line indicates […]

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Are your shrubs planted too deep ……
By December 14, 2017 Read More →

Are your shrubs planted too deep ……

The question of the month is “Why do the shrubs look like this?” The answer might be that the shrubs are planted too deep which can eventually kill them. Roots are deprived of oxygen when smothered. The above-ground symptoms are similar to root rot — chlorotic foliage, lack of growth, thinning of the canopy, and a general […]

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Try Elephant Garlic ……….
By December 13, 2017 Read More →

Try Elephant Garlic ……….

Provided by UF/IFAS Try Elephant GarlicWant to try something fun? Try Elephant garlic in your garden. This relative of our true garlic and leeks form large cloves that can be planted in the fall. Plant about 3 inches deep (top of clove just below the soil surface) in well-amended soil that also drains well. Space […]

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Gardening in the Panhandle ……….
By December 6, 2017 Read More →

Gardening in the Panhandle ……….

Treat Tulips as Annuals in Florida The few people that grow tulips in Florida either buy pre-chilled bulbs or place them in the refrigerator, plant them, enjoy their blooms the following spring and then throw them away. They treat them like annuals. Continue reading to find out why.   Scarlet Allure of Chinese Tallow   In […]

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Container Gardening made easier ….…
By November 28, 2017 Read More →

Container Gardening made easier ….…

Provided by UF/IFAS    Environmental Horticulture Agent Nickie Munroe demonstrates how to make container gardens for Florida by providing practical tips to make your container gardening experience enjoyable. Follow the steps below or view the video using the link at the bottom of this page.      Assemble your materials: soil, water, plants, scissors, and […]

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By November 27, 2017 Read More →

What to Expect in Your Gardens During La Nina …….

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has been saying since October, that weak La Nina conditions are in place, and there is a better than 50% chance that it will remain through April 2018.   Typically La Nina means we have warmer than average temperatures and less than average rainfall. It’s likely we’ll have a […]

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Gardening in the Panhandle ……….
By November 22, 2017 Read More →

Gardening in the Panhandle ……….

Backyard Sugarcane in the Panhandle Do you want to add a little something different to your landscape? How about something edible, as well as a focal point in your garden? Backyard sugarcane may be just what you are looking for. Sugarcane, genus Saccharum, is a tropical perennial grass that thrives in humid environments across the southern […]

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An Easily Preventable Tree Planting Problem …………
By November 7, 2017 Read More →

An Easily Preventable Tree Planting Problem …………

Beth Bolles – bbolles@ufl.edu Horticulture Agent, Escambia County   Trees are a landscape asset for many homeowners. When a new tree is installed in our landscapes, we can’t wait for it to mature to provide shade or landscape interest.  The heartbreak for many homeowners comes when this important part of their landscape, begins to decline five […]

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