Q: Are king sagos (cycas revoluta) subject to Ganodema butt rot? If not, is there some other disease that has similar conks that cycads would be subject to? A: After looking at the photo you sent, it is… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
Q: In my neighborhood we have several Sabal palms, which are planted in common areas that are covered with a snow-like fungus. What is it and how can we treat it?
A: The snow-like covering on your palms is not a fungus but an insect called Sabal Palm Scale or Palmetto Scale, Comstockiella sabalis. This insect is a common, native insect pest of palms, especially Sabal palms. Females give… Read More
Q: We discovered an irrigation head had broken right at the base of this palm. Do you think the extra water could have caused the palm to die?
Q: I have a whole bunch of mushrooms growing at the base of my sabal palm. The palm has brown fronds, some appear to be dying. We discovered an irrigation head had broken right at the base of… Read More
Q: What is killing my palm trees? They are oozing at the trunk area and it smells awful. They seem to have dark, black sunken patches all over the trunk. A: This is indeed grave news for your… Read More
A: First conspicuous sign of infestation is large quantities of “frass” which is the fibrous, excrement from the larval form of a tiny moth called the Palm leaf skeletonizer, Homaledra sabalella. This moth feeds mostly on tissue between… Read More
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. What do they look like?
Q: My lawn has been looking terrible and my lawn company told me I have sod webworms. I have never seen any worms, what do they look like? A: Tropical sod webworm larvae are gray-green, have brown spots… Read More
Q: I am finding brown streaks across my St. Augustine grass and I am seeing the same problem in some of my neighbor’s yards too. What could be causing this problem?
A: Since we talked on the phone and you had several neighbors willing to meet, I went to your subdivision and conducted an extension program called “Troubleshooting Landscapes.” Once I saw your lawns it appeared to be chinch… Read More
A:What you probably have are the eggs of the armyworm, which is the larva of a moth. Armyworms are common pests found on grass and vegetables. One of the species of army worm prefers Bermuda grass and crabgrass,… Read More
My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers. How should we best rid our lawn of these pests?
Q: My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers. How should we best rid our lawn of these pests? I assume… Read More
Q: You often talk about not overusing Nitrogen fertilizers but isn’t it needed to keep the grass growing?
A: I am going to take a recent study and use parts of it to answer your question. Nitrogen is important for growth but we generally are using too much. A little fertilizer can perk up a St…. Read More