Hope you enjoyed the April Gardening Matters and explored your back yard. Exploring the yard provides an opportunity to really look at see what is around you – plants, insects, birds, or other wildlife.
May is a time when many ... READ MORE
Welcome to Gardening Matters. During this time of social distancing and online schooling, this newsletter provides some gardening activities and fun facts for youth and families. This newsletter is a joint UF/IFAS Extension Bay County 4-H, Master ... READ MORE
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE
Originally published in the Lynn Haven Ledger
By Julie McConnell
We are still a few weeks away from the official start of summer, but the recent hot dry weather pattern has been hard on landscapes. Sun exposure in yards has increased for ... READ MORE
Originally printed in the News Herald Extension Connection, January 14, 2019
Julie McConnell and L. Scott Jackson, UF/IFAS Extension
As an admitted plant geek, it hurts my heart to look around at the battered landscape we are left with after ... READ MORE
As Hurricane Michael was barreling through the Panhandle region, wasp populations were at their highest of the year. Winds and flooding destroyed many of the nests of paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets and now wasps may be aggressive ... READ MORE
On June 6th, we held an Invasive Species Workshop: Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness day at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Panama City. Over 700 air potato leaf beetles were distributed to more than 30 sites in Northwest Florida by ... READ MORE
By L. Scott Jackson and Julie B. McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County
Northwest Florida’s pristine natural world is being threaten by a group of non-native plants and animals known collectively as invasive species. Exotic invasive species ... READ MORE
Bald cypress Taxodium distichum is a native tree that is commonly planted in landscapes because it is adaptable to many sites and grows quickly. It is an interesting tree because it has soft flat leaves that fall off in the winter like other ... READ MORE
One of the roles of a Horticulture Extension Agent is to help identify pests found in the landscape. Weeds are fairly easy for people to sample, simply take some pictures or dig it up and bring it into the office, but what about insects?
Slow ... READ MORE