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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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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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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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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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Know Your Patented Plants

Gardeners love to share plants. My yard, like many of my gardener friends, is filled with plant gifts that were started from a cutting or division of a favorite plant.  These two methods of growing new plants is fairly easy once you learn the techniques and allows gardeners a way to save a little money …

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Plant Tags

While purchasing some fruits for our gardens at Extension, I found some interesting varieties that would be fun for kids. On the tag it also stated that plants were GMO free. Since genetically engineered crops are such a hot topic, I thought it important to clarify this GMO free tag for homeowners. There are no …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/05/03/plant-tags/

Beneficial Pyramid Ants

Believe it or not, there is a beneficial ant that is found in many landscapes.  If you see an interesting mound shaped like a small volcano, you likely have the pyramid ants.  These ants form small nests in sandy soils and the shape of the mound is pyramidal with a small opening in the very center. …

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Summer Weed Management

If summer annual weeds have been a problem for you in the past, now is the time to think about applying a pre emergent herbicide to the lawn.  You may choose a product with the active ingredient dithiopyr, pendamethalin, or prodiamine.  For best results apply a half rate now and the other half in six …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/02/19/summer-weed-management/

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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