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Category: Pests & Disease

UF Researchers Work to Save Pesto!

Basil leaves

Q: What’s wrong with my basil? Here at Extension, we receive a lot of questions about struggling basil. One of the most common issues? A devastating disease called “basil downy mildew” which has become very… Read More

What are those little black discs?

Close-up photo of Bird's nest fungus splash cups in soil

Q: What are those little black discs?   You’re suddenly finding mysterious black discs stuck to your favorite plants? (…or your walls, cars, windows, screens, pets, etc.)   Let me guess… it’s been raining lately…… Read More

Tree safety tips

Trees add value to our communities. But our recent windy weather serves as a good reminder that storm season is just around the corner. Given the large size attained by some trees, they can become… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping – Scavenger Hunt Activity!

Vibrant flowers

The 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping​ (FFL) can help protect our water, create beautiful neighborhoods, and support awesome wildlife! The FFL Program is all about: putting the “right plants” in the “right place” giving them… Read More

How do I attract the “good bugs?”

Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help: Save water Support wildlife Reduce guesswork Improve water quality Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!   *(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL Principles? Check… Read More

Aaaahhhh – Aphids!

Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

Aphids are a very common garden pest. They feed by piercing leaves and sucking out the juices. This can cause leaves to crinkle and curl, especially on new flushes of growth.   Aphids excrete a… Read More

Sheet Mulching for Weed Prevention

With warmer weather comes more rainfall. While it’s great for lawns and ornamentals, its also great for the weeds. An environmentally friendly alternative to weed control is sheet mulching. This permaculture technique consists of laying… Read More

Can my plants catch the flu? Plant viruses and transmission to hosts

It’s flu season! Hopefully, you have gotten the flu vaccine for you and your family this year. If not, there’s still time. While you may or may not catch the flu this year, some folks… Read More