The Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) hosts 12 Regional Turf Seminars throughout the state of Florida. These seminars provide local education programs on topics such as pests and diseases, weeds, BMPs, regulatory issues, safety and pesticide… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
Q and A: I don’t know what disease accumulates on the leaves in the following picture. Would you please identify it and tell us what we should spray it with?
From Whitney, Naples Answer: The plant is Schefflera arbooricola. The black substance is sooty mold. Certain sucking insects, notably aphids, scales, and whiteflies, suck sugary sap from plants and excrete it as a substance known… Read More
Q and A: I read your comments about Gaillardia in the January and February issue of Florida Gardening magazine. Are you talking about buying the actual plants and planting them or do you mean starting them from seeds? I have had a good bit of luck harvesting the seeds from dead or spent heads in the summer, refrigerating them and then sowing them in the winter for a spring and summer bloom.
From Mark, by email Answer: Gaillardia pluchella, simply known as gaillardia, is a very cold tolerant native plant. As such, it can be started from seeds, or planted as young seedlings in winter without concern… Read More
If you cut lawns and maintain ornamentals around houses and wish to apply pesticides, including Round-up, on the job, then this six-hour class is a requirement before obtaining the Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance license (erroneously… Read More
Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?
From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other… Read More
Fact Sheets: Ants | Crazy Ants | Carpenter Ants | imported Fire Ants on Lawns and Turf | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown
Ants Ants Carpenter Ants – coming soon Crazy Ants Imported Fire Ants on Lawns and Turf
Fact Sheets: Annuals | Annual Flowers Bedding Plants | Gardening with Annuals in Florida | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown
Annuals Annual-Flowers-Bedding Plants Gardening with Annuals in Florida
Gardening Publications A-Z Administration Annual Report 2011-12 Annuals Annual-Flowers-Bedding Plants Gardening with Annuals in Florida Ants Ants Carpenter Ants – coming soon Crazy Ants Imported Fire Ants on Lawns and Turf Aquatic Plants Aquatic Plants –… Read More
Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help. The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts… Read More
Tags: Agriculture, backyard chickens, bees, cottage food, Family and Consumer Sciences, food business, Food safety, gardening, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, micro business, permaculture, poultry, regulations, Roy Beckford, urban agriculture
Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?
From David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for… Read More