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
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Dukes, director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named a Fellow by a prestigious national organization. The American Society… Read More
Q: I am considering replacing my St. Augustinegrass with zoysiagrass. What can you tell me about the general care of this grass?
A: I understand you are frustrated with your St. Augustinegrass but there are advantages and disadvantages to all warm season grasses grown in our area. However, if you plan to replace the whole lawn with zoysiagrass it is… Read More
Q: Please tell me the proper times to water and how much to water. Are we really supposed to water shrubs differently than grass? I am so frustrated at all the different pieces of information, I just want… Read More
Q: I was told my yard needed to be de-thatched. This procedure will be costly, how do I know if I need it done?
A: I get this question quite often and I am glad to have an opportunity to address it. The best information regarding thatch in Florida lawns comes from a University of Florida publication by Dr. Laurie Trenholm, Dr…. Read More
Q: I am tired of replacing the strip of lawn between the sidewalk and the road. What alternatives are available to me/
Q: I am tired of replacing the strip of lawn between the sidewalk and the road. If I try to water it properly so much water ends up on the road and the sidewalk and then down the… Read More
Q: I just purchased a property on Amelia Island. The lawn has been neglected for a number of years. It is St. Augustinegrass but in places very thin and of course, weedy. There are a number of large… Read More
Q: I want to start a new lawn but I can’t afford to sod it all with St. Augustinegrass. What kind of lawn can I start from seed?
A: You have several choices of lawn grass that can be established by seed: Argentine Bahia, Common Bermuda and centipede grass can all be grown is this area. Do not mix the different grass seeds as each one… Read More
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. What do they look like?
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. I have never seen any worms, what do they look like? A: Tropical sod webworm larvae are gray-green, have brown spots… Read More
Q: I am finding brown streaks across my St. Augustine grass and I am seeing the same problem in some of my neighbor’s yards too. What could be causing this problem?
A: Since we talked on the phone and you had several neighbors willing to meet, I went to your subdivision and conducted an extension program called “Troubleshooting Landscapes.” Once I saw your lawns it appeared to be chinch… Read More