Tag: toxic

The Popular Podocarpus

A very common, frequently planted landscape hedge in North-Central Florida is the podocarpus, also called Japanese Yew.  It’s favored for its long, slender, evergreen leaves, ease of maintenance, and tolerance for hedging in tight places.  But did you… Read More

The Plague of Giant Grasshoppers

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s a giant grasshopper!  This time of year we get several calls from homeowners panicked about giant yellow and black grasshoppers eating their plants. Known as the eastern lubber, these large… 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