Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist ……

Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist ……

by Robert Trawick       As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain.   Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen.   […]

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Seasonal Fertilization ……

Seasonal Fertilization ……

by Julie McConnell Fertilizer Spreader: Image Courtesy UF / IFAS Extension FYN Program     Although temperatures are still hovering around 90° F, the last fall fertilization date is approaching quickly.  Mid-September is the deadline for applying fertilizer to warm season turf-grasses and landscape ornamental plants for the year. Why is September 15 the cutoff date?  In North Florida, our […]

By September 11, 2013 Read More →
Fall Gardening: Now is the Time for Site Selection and Preparation ….

Fall Gardening: Now is the Time for Site Selection and Preparation ….

by Eddie Powell   Garden and landscape edibles: Image Credit Eddie Powell   Vegetable garden placement is a crucial part of the garden planning process because proper site selection will be a determining factor in its success. Below are a few tips to assist in the placement process.   The garden should be placed in a […]

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What is that Web in my Pecan Tree? ……

What is that Web in my Pecan Tree? ……

by Blake Thaxton It is that time of year where mysterious webs have invaded pecan trees throughout the Southeast United States.  This is definitely the case in the panhandle of Florida.  Many have called into the extension office asking for identification of the web mass in their pecan trees.  It is the Fall Webworm that has […]

By September 7, 2013 Read More →
Cercospora: A Summer Fungal Disease Problem ……

Cercospora: A Summer Fungal Disease Problem ……

by Matthew Orwat     Cercospora in Pepper Image Credit Matthew Orwat     This summer’s rainy and humid weather has created a perfect environment for the proliferation of a variety of fungal diseases. In particular, Cercospora is a genus of fungus of which there are over 1,200 different species. Because there are so many species of this […]

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Fruit Tree Options for the Florida Panhandle …..

Fruit Tree Options for the Florida Panhandle …..

Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to the landscape at home or even a great niche for the small farmer.     by Blake Thaxton   Most people love the thought of picking fresh fruit off of the tree or vine and knowing exactly where it comes from.  There are a lot of considerations that must be […]

Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All” …..

Weed Control is not “One Size Fits All” …..

by Julie McConnell Chamberbitter Above average rainfall this summer has supplied water to more than just our landscapes, weeds are benefiting and flourishing as well.   Just as with any other landscape pest, proper weed control starts with accurate identification and knowledge about the life cycle of the weed.   When weeds are low in number, mechanical control (pulling, mowing) is a good […]

New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators ….

WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.   “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to […]

Consider Volunteering at a Local School ….

Consider Volunteering at a Local School ….

As the new school year begins consider volunteering at a local school. by Eddie Powell   Image Credit: Eddie Powell School gardens offer benefits to volunteers and students that go beyond the classroom. They provide a platform for students, teachers, and members of the community to interact in an outdoor learning environment. This type of interaction creates opportunities for students to improve […]

Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial

Composting Recycles Yard Waste, Makes It Beneficial

by Robert Trawick With all of the rainy weather Northwest Florida has been having this summer, plenty of excess yard debris is littering our yards. Don’t put it in the landfill, Compost It !   Compost Pile   Compost is used primarily in bed preparation to improve the soil and can even be used in preparing potting mixes. […]

Gardening in the Panhandle …..

Gardening in the Panhandle …..

Here are some tips for our area  ……      This message is sent by Julie B McConnell Asian Cockroach – Is it a Pest of the Home or the Garden? When people first see Asian cockroaches they may think they are seeing little flying moths. Or they may believe they are seeing German cockroaches […]

Consider bulbs when planning your landscape ….

Consider bulbs when planning your landscape ….

by Beth Bolles Thinking of bulbs for the garden? Summer is not necessarily the time of year that gardeners think about beautiful blooms from bulbs and bulb-like plants, but there are many that bloom in the summer garden. In general, many types of plants with an underground storage organ are classified as a bulb.  These  include plants with tubers, rhizomes, or corms.  True […]

Proper Watering Techniques for a Healthy and Happy Lawn ….

Proper Watering Techniques for a Healthy and Happy Lawn ….

by Taylor Vandiver   Turfgrass, like all plants, requires water for growth and survival. With the weather we’ve been having lately, watering your lawn is probably the last thing on your mind.     Footprints in turfgrass are a common symptom of drought stress. They are the result of a loss in turgor pressure, due to […]

Rains Promote Fungus In St. Augustinegrass …..

Rains Promote Fungus In St. Augustinegrass …..

  by Larry Williams    Gray Leaf Spot is a common fungal disease of St. Augustine grass. Recent wet conditions have promoted this disease. This includes high humidity, heavy dews and particularly frequent afternoon and evening rains. Gray leaf spot symptoms on St. Augustinegrass. Photo credit: UF/IFAS Extension The individual spots or lesions are first seen as […]

Gaillardia pulchella for Summer Color …..

Gaillardia pulchella for Summer Color …..

Butterfly Gardening, Summer 2013, Xeriscaping July 22, 2013 by Alex Bolques Gaillardia is a favorite one of many wildflowers throughout the United States. It is a member of the Aster family, and is most commonly known as Indian Blanket or Blanket Flower. Individual plants can reach up to 2 feet high. They are heat and […]

Too much rain is not a good thing …..

By  Dufault,Nicholas S., Crop Pathologist, UF/IFAS With the abundant rainfall we have received this season and the forecast for this trend to continue for the next 10 days, disease management of row crops is probably on many of our minds. Below are some comments about diseases I have seen in peanuts and cotton the last […]