Category: Pests & Disease

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber

By Ralph E. Mitchell In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes.  These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last… Read More

Soil testing is fundamental

By Ralph E. Mitchell I have heard that one of our soil’s best attributes is for keeping plants upright – our Florida terra firma takes a great deal of ridicule!  “Moon sand” or “beach sand” are common terms… Read More

Bud drop and other hibiscus horror stories

By Ralph E. Mitchell A landscape without a hibiscus is like a day without a sunrise!  These beautiful, well-developed flowering shrubs are readily available and in great demand across the gardening spectrum.  Hibiscus have their share of problems… Read More