Mush Ado About Nothing? The promise of summer brings so many new curiosities to our landscapes. One of the most dramatic and surprising of these changes is the arrival of mushrooms in our environments. Seemingly… Read More
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Fact Sheets: Invasive Plants | Air Potato | Brazilian Pepper | Japanese Climbing Fern | Two-Leaf Nightshade | Stephen Brown | Lee County Extension
Invasive Plants Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) Brazilian Pepper-tree Control Control of Hard to Manage Weeds Environmental Contractors Got Invasive? Get Help! Herbicide Control of Woody Plants Herbicides to Kill Invasive Trees in the Landscape… Read More
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One of the joys of fishing is eating the fish you catch, but you may find your catch doesn’t taste as fresh as expected. Fish must be handled properly or they will spoil quickly. In… Read More
Red Drum Updates May 8 – Fisheries collapsing Project Report Score Sheet Senior (pdf)
Chart of Characteristics of Flowering Trees for Subtropical Locations includes Botanical Name, Common Name, Potential Height, Flower Color Flower, Grade, Flowering, Season and Uses
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
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
Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?
from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are… Read More
Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?
from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water… Read More