Gardening In The Panhandle

Late-flowering Magnolias Avoid Freeze Damage

‘Jon Jon’ magnolia This winter’s recurring freezes and frosts have played havoc with early flowering plants like magnolia. While buds are freeze-resistant, open magnolia flowers can quickly turn brown after exposure to temperatures about 30°F or lower. One way to avoid freeze-damaged flowers is to choose later blooming cultivars. These selections have flowers that open …

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Pruning Azaleas for Colorful Springs to Come

UF/IFAS Photo by Thomas Wright Soon beautiful blooms will come forth from one of the great landscape shrubs that characterize the South. Blooms of many colors will be produced from the azalea. It will be a magnificent show as it is every spring. Annual pruning of azaleas must be very carefully timed to maximize bloom potential. Too early and this …

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Smilax: Easy to Find Now, but Hard to Endure

Smilax is noted for its multiple thorns which scratch anyone who comes into contact The yo-yo thermometer readings make it confusing for the panhandle’s human residents when choosing proper wardrobe selections. With few exceptions, the deciduous plants and trees continue to wait for consistently warmer weather and longer days before covering their trunks and stems …

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Keep Your Love Alive: Preserving Cut Flowers

Valentine’s Day has come and gone. You were likely showered with gifts from loved ones; gifts covered in chocolate, gifts of the stuffed variety, and more than likely the kind covered in petals. And as you languish in the afterglow of affection it would be wise to remember that your bouquets will need to be …

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Soil Testing Can Save You Money

Correct way to pull a soil sample is the use of a soil probePhoto Credit : Eddie Powell Many home gardeners ask, why take soil samples? Soil sampling must be done prior to the planting of crops to determine the correct amount of nutrients and lime to add to the soil. It is best to …

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Don’t Let Spring Fever Cause a Lawn Headache

Diseased Turfgrass – Image Credit Matthew Orwat With a few nice late winter days, many people get a good dose of spring fever. But be careful when the fever hits you. Don’t fertilize your lawn too early. The fever may turn into a lawn “headache”. Wait to fertilize. Fertilizing while the soil is too cool can …

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2015 Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course March 9th

  UF/IFAS Extension 2015 Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course March 9th       The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to once again offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in March, 2015. These classes will be offered via interactive video at Extension Offices across the Panhandle. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension Service (listed …

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Property Law and Tree Damage

After storms and when homeowners are doing “spring cleaning” around their yards, Extension agents are routinely asked about whose responsibility it is to maintain a tree along a property line. This becomes particularly important in a situation where a property owner’s tree or branch falls and causes damage to their neighbor’s home or possessions. To …

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Plan Carefully Around Home Foundations

Variety is the spice of life and more homeowners are incorporating this philosophy into the design of their homes. Windows especially are becoming more of a design feature, so we should change our philosophy on landscaping around them. Windows allow us to feel connected to the outdoors and allow natural light to pass into the …

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The Smart Approach to Pest Management

When talking about pest issues in the landscape, green industry professionals often refer to IPM or Integrated Pest Management. Chinch bug damage to St. Augustinegrass. Photo: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS So what is IPM and why should it be used? IPM is a combination of methods used to manage pests that has the least harmful effect …

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