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Category: Invasive Species

Stickers and Thorns Are Hidden Surprises

Spur Feature, by Les Harrison

Dancing On Your Lawn The end of summer has many wishing to enjoy their lawns barefooted for merriment and dancing before the onset of the inevitable cooler weather. Even the ongoing hot weather can be enjoyed, or endured,… Read More

Barn Bugs

destructive barn bugs

By: Les Harrison Destructive Barn Bugs By August’s languid days, farmers and farm workers in north Florida have done battle with an almost endless array of destructive barn bugs in fields and pastures. Thrips, aphids, mites, nematodes and… Read More

Coral Ardisia: A Pretty Problem (Video)

In this Wakulla County Extension video classic, I discuss the invasive plant species Coral Ardisia and how it was introduced to Florida and Wakulla County. For more information contact Les at 850-926-3931.

Red Bay Ambrosia Beetles A Problem For Several Tree Species

Ambrosia Beetles have left fungus on this trunk

Natural Wakulla by Les Harrison Spring 2018, it appears from all the weather signs, has sprung. After last year’s late frost sneak attack there is lingering concern that a destructive weather event will reoccur, but with each passing… Read More

Spanish Needles Is A Common Hitchhiker

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director One of the great mysteries of life, at least to homeowners attempting to have the perfect landscape, is how weeds suddenly appear in the most unexpected place, in other words there… Read More

Smilax Is A Vine That Can Be Difficult To Control

  By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Sometimes appearances really do represent the situation at hand. It can be good, or it can be bad. With spring 2017 literally covering Wakulla County, the observer must be focused… Read More

Purple Nutsedge Is An Invasive That Squeezes Out Native Grasses

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The return of consistent warm weather to Wakulla County has many residents thinking about the state of their lawns. Mowing, fertilizing, weeding and patching bald spots are now the focus of… Read More

Caution: Poison Ivy And Poison Oak

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The spring-like temperatures and clear blue skies serve as a near irresistible enticement to enjoy Wakulla County’s natural environs. The springs, forest and coastline each have a unique charm and attraction… Read More

Air Potatoes Can Germinate If Left To Thrive In Leaf Litter

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director The leaf litter and pine straw so common to Wakulla County lawns and landscapes this time of year obscures a variety of items from view.  The mulch in the making is… Read More


  By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director   Rudolph is polishing his nose and checking the intensity just in in case fog rolls in. Wakulla County’s children are ticking off the minutes and are, basic inclinations notwithstanding,… Read More