A: At first glance, I thought this might have been some sort of jelly fungi but after further research and after calling a fellow Extension agent, we discovered it to be blue – green algae called Nostoc commune…. Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. Do you have any idea what it might be?
Q: I found a small, turtle with a very long tail in my driveway. It did not look like any turtle I am familiar with as the outer shell was very rough. I have included a picture. Do… Read More
Q: I am having a terrible time with the squirrels eating the bark from my maple and oak trees. What can I do?
A: Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees. Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years… Read More
Q: When do I take in my hummingbird feeders for the year? Someone told me if I didn’t remove the feeders now the hummingbirds would stay around and then die when it gets too cold. A: October should… Read More
A: I called the Audubon Society about this question just to be sure no new problems had cropped up of which I was unaware. I was particularly interested in your question as I know many gardeners supplement our… Read More
Q: I want a native vine to grow on my arbor but I want it to attract hummingbirds. Can you give me an idea of what to plant?
A: I am going to suggest we limit our search to those vines which will be perennial, which means they will return season after season. I have three Florida native vines to suggest. The strongest contender would be… Read More
Q: We would like to control the Canadian geese at our subdivision. Any ideas on how we might go about doing it?
A: The Canada goose has in some instances become an annoyance mostly because of the large amounts of fecal matter they produce which can pollute water sources. No one is eager to have that sort of mess around… Read More
A: This is not my field of expertise but the University of Florida has plenty of information to get you started. Check out the following publications: “Wildlife Forages for North Florida – Part I: Cool Season Food Plots”… Read More
Q: I have caterpillars on my canna lilies. I don’t want to kill any future butterflies, so how do I know if these are butterflies or moths? They are rolling themselves up into the leaves. A: Sometimes it… Read More
A: The orange and yellow sulfur butterflies love Cassia species such as Butterfly Bush or Christmas Senna, Cassia bicapsularis. Cassia plants are generally grown in south and central Florida only although they are planted here because of their… Read More