“Invasions of exotic species cost Floridians over $500 million per year” -Ivegot1.org. May 16th-23rd is Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week and there will be plenty of educational resources to check out during this time to expand your ... READ MORE
Picture on top is a healthy snow-bush hedge and picture below it shows a caterpillar ravaged hedge and below that, caterpillars that have no foliage left, start stripping bark on twigs (pic by Joe Devito, RSW; all other pics by Doug ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
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 ... READ MORE
Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina.
Same hedge, about 6 years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge's failure.
Ficus ... READ MORE
If your palms look wilted, off-color and are dying, check for conks (shelf-fungus) at the base of the trunk.
The conks are the give-away clue that it has ganoderma butt rot disease. It is frequently found on queen palms, areca palms, Canary ... READ MORE
Having difficulty with your shrubs? Don't know what kind of insect is attacking your plants? Check with the Master Gardeners for solutions to gardening and landscape problems such as plant identification, insect and disease identification, ... READ MORE
Staining is caused by caterpillar frass and string-bean-like mite galls, not plant leaves or fruit. It doesn't occur every year so there is no need to remove trees because of the staining.
In an attempt to reduce homeowner complaints and ... READ MORE