In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access… Read More
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Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More
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First, the faster growing trees often have the weakest limb attachments which is the reason so many people choose live oaks. I am going to provide you with a list of trees for this area… Read More
I had to schedule a site visit to your house for this problem. It is Thielaviopsis trunk rot which is caused by the fungus Thielaviopsis paradoxa. Due to this disease, the palm trunk either collapses… Read More
Most gardeners have a deep seeded (no pun intended) desire to have an attractive landscape so managing pests without harming our beneficial insects can be a challenge. Every conscientious gardener should be aware of which… Read More
Q: You identified the plant I brought into your office as an invasive plant, the Chinese wisteria. But I love the purple flowers. I removed it but do you have a suggestion for a vine… Read More
A: Some possible choices of shrubs are Pittosporum, Yaupon Holly, Lantana, or Silverthorn (Elaeagnus pungens). Ask you local nursery about dwarf varieties which would be a good choice to grow in pots. There are several… Read More
Q: My compost pile is growing mold and it looks terrible. The area seems to pool water. What can I do?
A: It would appear the area is too wet and the site is not allowing enough air to circulate around the pile. You could re-grade the area to ensure proper drainage. It is possible to… Read More
Q: I have some plants I want to be sure survive any freezing temperatures. What should I do to protect them?
A: Watering landscape plants 24-48 hours before a freeze can help protect plants. A well watered soil will absorb more solar radiation than dry soil and will reradiate heat during the night. This practice elevates… Read More