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Tag: horticulture

Fertilizing in the Summer

man spreads fertilizer on lawn

Sarasota County is one of many counties in Southwest Florida that have established restrictions on the application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous. Sarasota County’s fertilizer blackout prohibits applying such products to turf grass and landscape plants from… Read More

Take-all Root Rot

Take-all root rot is a disease that is common on warm season turfgrass.  It occurs during the summer and fall months when Florida receives the majority of its rainfall.  Extended rainfall or long periods when the turfgrass is… Read More

Palmetto Weevils

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist Once considered a minor pest of palms, the palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus) has in recent years become a serious problem on Canary Island Date palms (Phoenix canariensis) and increasingly on Bismarck… Read More

The Green Slime Monster

I moved to Florida thirteen years ago and instantly hated it. It was flat, hot and humid with few redeeming qualities. It took about five years and a departure from the urban areas for the beauty to really… Read More

Citizen Science

I’ve often thought about the public’s opinion of scientists as one most closely related to “the man behind the curtain” in the movie The Wizard of Oz. Scientists are often seen as an enigmatic figure, acting in secrecy to… Read More