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
Category: Home Landscapes
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
Q: My daughter, who is in the third grade, wants to grow a butterfly garden. I want to encourage her but I don’t know what to plant. Can you help? A: Butterfly gardening is not only easy, it… Read More
Q: My neighbor and I would like to plant some shrubs, trees and perennials to attract birds and butterflies. What advice do you have for us?
A: Well, first I want to congratulate you both on your cooperative efforts to share the land with our winged friends. I suspect once neighbors see your successes, you may have other confederates joining in on your enterprise…. Read More
Q: We have spotted a small alligator in the pond in our back yard. Who can I call to have it removed?
Q: We have spotted a small alligator in the pond in our back yard. I have an eight year old and one teenage son who are very curious. We also have small pets. Who can I call to… Read More