Recently Moved to Jacksonville, Tonya Ashworth offers new local residents advice as part of her ongoing outreach efforts as the UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Duval County.
If you are one of the many people who have recently ... READ MORE
The heat is on and the cold-blooded reptiles we love to hate are on the move through our landscapes. Scorned throughout history, snakes in Florida are most active through the warm seasons and are present throughout the state.
The reason ... READ MORE
Dealing with Insect Pests in the Landscape
Summer is here, and we see a massive uptick in the numbers of insects on our landscape and garden plants. Fortunately, we have a framework of management strategies to help us deal with them in ... READ MORE
As we round into June, the pest season heats up. Insects, being cold blooded, respond to the warming temperatures by growing rapidly through their life cycles.
Whiteflies are a good example of this. These small pests take about 24 days ... READ MORE
It is mid-June. The weather in Jacksonville | northeast Florida continues to be hot and dry. However, the National Weather Service predicts above average precipitation for June through August. So, what should we homeowners in northeast Florida ... READ MORE
When Lee Belanger, a volunteer at Collier-Seminole State Park wrote in the Fort Myers Florida Weekly, “When is a weed a weed and not a wildflower? Perhaps when it is not wanted or appreciated,” he was thinking about Euphorbia cyathophora ... READ MORE
You may be seeing the Carolina Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) popping up in your lawns in early spring. It is a pretty little plant native to Florida and endemic to the southeastern U.S.
It is a herbaceous, long-lived perennial and ... READ MORE
The state of NJ cultivated them on road sides, during a labor shortage in the 90s. Neighborhoods across Duval county have had them for years. Garden Clubs cultivate them. You probably had one yourself at one point or another.
The Freedom Lawn
A ... READ MORE
It’s mid-April and in one of our raised vegetable beds, the first leaves of yard long beans (Vigna sesquipedalis, also known as snake beans, asparagus beans, or Chinese long beans), are just unfolding. When vegetable growing in Jacksonville ... READ MORE
Spiderwort - a pretty little native plant - is starting to bloom profusely as we transition from winter to spring. Since it is an early season bloomer, Spiderwort is attractive to a variety of bees, and some butterflies, who are starting to ... READ MORE