A: There are several possibilities. It could be the Cranberry rootworm beetles, Rhabdopterus picipes, or the Black vine weevil. Both of these insect adults feed mostly at night. Both have larval stages feed on roots during part of… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
A: Most likely a fungus is causing the leaf spot on your azalea leaves. Be sure the irrigation heads are not hitting the leaves directly; it would be better for the plant to receive water at the root… Read More
Q: I have this thorny, obnoxious vine growing over some of my shrubs and I want to get rid of it. Can you tell me what it is and how to control it?
A: Your vine belongs to the smilax family and is called Laurel greenbrier, Smilax laurifolia. It is an evergreen vine which produces a large, starchy root. The leaves are alternate, simple with a waxy covering. If left unchecked,… Read More
A: Thanks for bringing in this caterpillar to the Extension office. Your caterpillars provided an excellent opportunity to share with the Master Gardener volunteers, most of whom had never seen a live saddleback specimen. The caterpillars were saddleback… Read More
A: From your description, my first guess would be to suspect a rat. Literally, a roof rat called Rattus rattus. I know that is scary thought but we have many more of these rodents than most of us… Read More
Q: The leaves on as few of my plants are looking wrinkled and puckered. A friend of mine gave me this plant and I hate to see it doing poorly. What is wrong? A: The cause for the… Read More
A: My first question to you was whether or not you had Boston fern in the flower beds. Once you said yes, I knew the growths were the bulbuls of the invasive Boston fern, Nephrolepis exaltata. They are… Read More
Q: When I lived in Ohio, I used Milky Spore to control grubs in my lawn. Will it work here in Fernandina on my St. Augustine grass?
Q: When I lived in Ohio, I used Milky Spore to control grubs in my lawn. Will it work here in Fernandina on my St. Augustine grass? If so, when is best time to apply? A: Thank you… Read More
Q: Apparently the armadillo under my back steps invited others to join or had babies! I appreciate any help you can give!
Q: I have had one armadillo home under my back steps since I moved in 3 years ago. I thought it was OK and didn’t find him/her too much of a nuisance. BUT now, I have a condo… Read More
Q: What is wrong with my sago palm? The newer fronds are brown and twisted. A: Your sago palm appears to have a nutrient deficiency called frizzle top. The photo I took shows several seasons of fronds which… Read More