Monthly Archive: January 2016

Garden Awareness

The up and down weather along the Gulf Coast means that gardeners need to consider more carefully some common pest management practices. When temps warm, bees are actively visiting flowers such as this Snow Drift camellia flower. If you have a pest problem on evergreen plants that you normally treat during the winter, choose a …

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Bark Lice on Tree

During your winter garden activities, you may notice a group of insects massed together on tree trunks.  If you touch the area, the insects will scatter.  These are bark lice or psocids which are considered beneficial as bark cleaners.  They do not harm the tree but are an interesting organism common in landscapes.

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Plants respond to a warm winter

Plants are responding to our warmer winter temperatures and gardeners may be seeing things that they have not seen before.  One example is that lemon grass, a normally frost tender herb, has formed flowers this winter.  On average, our area receives freezing temperatures in November and December and the lemon grass leaves will be killed.  …

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Wait to prune plants

The winter is still young and our area will certainly receive more cold weather.  Plants with some cold damage will not be attractive but wait to prune back any damaged tissue.  Many of the perennials still have green leaves and branches toward the ground and all of the other damaged plant material helps protect tender …

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Composting and Recycling

Home landscapes have plenty of materials that can be transformed into a wonderful soil amendment. Join Escambia Extension on Friday, January 22 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. to learn about techniques to compost yard debris and recycle in the garden. Please pre register by calling 475-5230 or emailing bbolles@ufl.edu Program will be in the Langley …

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