Category: Pests & Disease

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More

Spanish Moss, Ball Moss, and Lichens are Harmless Air Plants

Spanish Moss hanging from oak tree

Epiphytes are “air” plants, including moss, that survive on moisture and nutrients in the atmosphere. Several epiphytic plants, like Spanish moss, ball moss, and lichen, are common to the Florida landscape and the southeast United States. People unfamiliar… Read More

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape?

pruning limb

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape? Factsheet (PDF) Pruning equipment can spread disease in the landscape if not properly cleaned and disinfected.  By disinfecting gardening tools on a regular basis, you can help prevent the spread of… Read More

Attention, Attention, Attention – Read all about it – Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is changing!

Posted by Martha Glenn, Ornamental Horticulture Agent In 1992 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented Agricultural Worker Protection Standards (WPS).  These federal regulations are designed to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers (people… Read More