Elizabeth Bolles

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Name: Elizabeth Bolles
Date registered: February 2, 2012

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  1. Native Shrub Option for our Sandy Soil — March 27, 2017
  2. Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit — February 8, 2017
  3. An Important Tip When Installing Sod — January 4, 2017
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball — December 19, 2016
  5. Look More Deeply for Causes of Plant Wilt — November 16, 2016

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Native Shrub Option for our Sandy Soil

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve the quality for growing plants. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/03/27/native-shrub-option-for-our-sandy-soil/

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Many of us are enjoying our warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/02/08/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

An Important Tip When Installing Sod

It won’t be long before homeowners start thinking about sodding a new lawn or renovating areas of their existing turf. Although sodding when turf is dormant is acceptable, it is best to install sod that is green. One reason is that you can see if any sod pieces are infested with weeds such as bermudagrass …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/01/04/an-important-tip-when-installing-sod/

Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

Ten years after installtion, this plant was ultimately killed by girdling, circling roots.

A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/19/dont-be-afraid-to-disturb-the-rootball/

Look More Deeply for Causes of Plant Wilt

Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/11/16/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-plant-wilt/

Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

The year’s mild winter and frequent rain showers have created lush lawns and gardens with an abundance of insects. As a result, we are seeing many predator arthropods taking advantage of the available feast.  One of the morning interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/10/03/spiny-orb-weaver-spider/

Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, the springtime seems to be the best time for planting. For our frost tender annuals and perennials this is the case but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/09/07/best-seasons-for-planting-coming-up/

Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/08/17/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

Encore® azaleas

Normally azaleas are just a forgotten green shrub in summer but the Encore® azaleas offer color even during the hottest times of the growing season. These selections may tolerate more sun but prefer to have some shade when temperatures are hot. Provide with supplemental water if rain is lacking but make sure that soil is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/07/22/encore-azaleas/

Care for New Zoysiagrass lawn

Newer zoysiagrass cultivars are becoming very popular for home lawns but there are a few care techniques that will help your zoysiagrass lawn keep it’s healthy appearance after establishment. In general, zoysiagrass leaf blades have a high silica content which keeps the blades stiffer. This is desirable for the appearance of the lawn but it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/06/28/964/

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