EVENT: Master Gardener Educational Garden Workshop Series | starts Jan. 10, 2019

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DEAR GARDEN ENTHUSIAST! Welcome to the 2019 Educational Garden Workshop Series hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Collier County Program. We seek to educate the public in gardening practices for the SW Florida climate and to… Read More

FACT SHEETS | Solutions for SW Florida Landscape Publications

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FACT SHEETS | Lawn & Landscape Publications A-Z A Annuals of Fla (pdf – also Bedding Plants) B Bedding Plants (pdf – see also Annuals) Boron Deficiency (pdf) Brazilian Cherry or Grumichama (pdf) Brown Patch in St Augustine Grass… Read More

Collier County Extension Building Takes a Hurricane Hit

Hurricane Irma Damage of IFAS Bldg

Hurricane Irma roared through Collier County taking roofs, screens, signs, trees, foliage, electricity and cell phone service. The UF IFAS Extension Collier County building was hit hard. The metal roof was ripped off, the ceiling collapsed and there… Read More

Olive Shootworm Caterpillars (Palpita persimilis) Can Seriously Defoliate Japanese Ligustrum

Top: The caterpillar creates a lot of frass and webs leaves together loosely (Pic by Lyle J. Buss). Bottom: The smaller caterpillars skeletonize leaves, creating brown area and the larger caterpillars consume entire leaves. (Pic by Doug Caldwell)…. Read More

‘Musical Note’ Clerodendrum Flowering Strikes a Winning Chord in the Small Shrub Orchestra.

Clerodendrum incisum ‘Macrosiphon’ sometimes referred to as ‘Musical Note’ strikes a winning chord in the small shrub orchestra. This species from Nigeria is one of the lesser known in the large Clerodendrum group. And, unusual for a Clerodendrum… Read More

Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta urticifolia, With Piles of “Dirt” Along Stems

These piles of dirt are accumulated frass and silk webbing from a caterpillar, [Pyralidae: Penthesilea difficilis],  tunneling inside the stem (photo with flower and frass by Stephen Brown, UF|IFAS Extension Lee Co.)There isn’t too much one can do… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before hurricane season. Do… Read More

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.                … Read More