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Category: Pests & Disease

Avocados!

Avocados with a halved avocado with pit

Avocado! One of the major attractions of Florida for many people is our ability to grow a variety of tropical and subtropical fruits.  It was at the very top of my list when I decided… Read More

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning

crimson clover and Celosia

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America’s pastime this past year due to “stay at home” and “social distancing” mandates.  Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time… Read More

What is Ailing My St. Augustine Grass?

Grass on the banks of Lake Mize at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest.

What’s Wrong with my St. Augustine Grass? The Yellow Yard– About the time September rolls around, while the rainy season seems like it just will not end, some lawns may exhibit some yellowing.  Grass seems… Read More

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

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

Palm Pruning: Shear Instincts

Palm trees being blown by the winds of an approaching storm. Severe weather, rain, beach, coast. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.

By Christine Kelly-Begazo, Indian River County Agriculture Extension Agent Pruning palm trees seems like a simple enough endeavor, but we may instinctively get a bit too excited with those pruning tools. It’s no mistake that… Read More

Invasive Alert! Meet the New Guinea Flatworm

New Guinea Flatworm showing eyespot

By Joshua Kutyna, Indian River Extension Program Assistant for Christine Kelly-Begazo There is an invader amongst us, and it goes by the name of Platydemus manokwari. Better known as the New Guinea flatworm, this alien… Read More