Category: Pests & Disease

The insidious two-spotted spider mite

By Ralph E. Mitchell Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants.  Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap… Read More

A bug is afoot – a leaf-footed bug

By Ralph E. Mitchell One spring/summer plant pest that really bugs me is the leaf-footed bug.  Just as its name implies, the back legs of this insect have  leaf-like projections easily seen by the naked eye.  The leaf-footed… Read More

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