Are mosquitoes running you off your porch in the evenings? If so, you are not alone. My social media feed is full of people asking for advice on how to get rid of these pests, especially now that four cases of malaria have been locally acquired ... READ MORE
Plants should be looking good in full growth. If our yard has a well-balanced ecosystem, pests and diseases are usually minor. Birds need caterpillars to feed their young. Bees and butterflies are busy gathering nectar and pollen while ... READ MORE
Early in my career as a forester I advised a homeowner to use a certain pesticide to treat an insect problem he was having. He called me back a week later to tell me that after he followed my advice, his plant was killed. How could that ... READ MORE
Historically, nothing said spring had arrived any better than a flowering dogwood tree. It remains a favored tree in southern landscapes. Sometimes you may see an occasional dogwood in bloom in the local pine forests. However, it is very ... READ MORE
As we prepare our yards for a fresh start in 2023, perhaps one of our New Year’s resolutions can be to be to make some changes in how we maintain our landscape. By doing so perhaps we can save some money and have a healthier landscape ... 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
With everything that has been going on, one benefit seems to have been more people getting outside and into their lawn and gardens. It can seem like an uphill battle at times. Particularly if this is your first time, or if you start to see some ... READ MORE