Category: Horticulture

The Everglades palm in your backyard

By Ralph E. Mitchell Florida is home to several native palms of interest including the paurotis palm aka Everglades palm and/or silver saw palm. Multiple canes emerge to make a dramatic landscape feature adorned with fan-like fronds atop… Read More

Nematodes in residential lawns – best management practices

By Ralph E. Mitchell Nematodes are practically everywhere in our Florida soils and most, believe it or not, are beneficial.  Some of these microscopic worms are damaging to plants however, and can be a problem for our area… Read More

Natal plums – fragrant blooms, tasty fruit

By Ralph E. Mitchell I often wander through our Demonstration Garden at the East Port Environmental Campus on Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte to see what is blooming, producing fruit, or has a pest infestation. Our Natal… Read More