Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Invasion of lubber grasshoppers

They’re back…the annual invasion of the lubber grasshoppers. Small lubber grasshoppers appear to bubble up from the soil forming a black mass that move in groups as they consume plants along the way. Don’t procrastinate!

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed

Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly… Read More

April Gardening Tips

by Les Harrison At last it looks like the winter of 2018 has finished, at least in north Florida.  The storm systems which are still heaping snow and ice on the northern tier states are producing April showers… Read More

Florida Native Shrub, Florida Swampprivet, Has Plant Bug Pest (Miridae) that was Discovered in 2010-2011.

 The gooey, shmear spotting is the plant bug excrement. When scouting, you may not see the insects, but their spotting gives them away. Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug Injuring Ornamental Florida… Read More

Horticulture and Gardening Classes Offered Monthly at the Libraries

Residents can attend free classes at the Wakulla and Franklin County Libraries the first three Tuesdays of each month. Topics for the 90 minute modules cover a variety of locally applicable horticulture and gardening related subject. Check the… Read More

Introductory Irrigation for Landscape and Irrigation Professionals Workshop

This is a excellent opportunity for landscapers and irrigation professionals to learn about irrigation systems.  The class will be a mix of classroom and hands-on experiences with local Extension agents who come from the landscape and irrigation industry…. Read More

Bug Word of the Day: Central-Place Forager

Central-place foragers are animals that return to the same nest in between foraging trips, collecting their food, or food for their offspring, in an area around that nest. Animals that are not central-place foragers instead roam continuously, foraging… Read More