Article written by Highlands County Master Gardener Volunteer: Charles Reynolds for publication on October 8th, 2017 in the Highlands Today Newspaper.
Florida lawns may go into a form of dormancy during the winter but there are several things ... READ MORE
A: Watering landscape plants 24-48 hours before a freeze can help protect plants. A well watered soil will absorb more solar radiation than dry soil and will reradiate heat during the night. This practice elevates minimum night temperatures ... READ MORE
How to Make Your Garden Hummingbird Friendly
An article written by Highlands County Master Gardener Volunteer: Charlie Reynolds
Hummingbirds are a great addition to any garden and are beautiful to watch flitting hither and thither. However, ... READ MORE
Who regulates plant importation?
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) - Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) regulates the importation of plants and plant products.
PPQ ... READ MORE
Aphids are soft bodied pear-shaped insects generally less than 1/8 inch long and usually green in color but many are black, brown, pink, yellow, blue, or white. Most aphids are wingless but when colonies become overcrowded or the host plant ... READ MORE
It could be a fungus called "sooty mold" that feeds on honeydew (a sticky sap sucking insect liquid poop) that covers the leaf surface.
Learn to identify sap sucking insects (aphids, whiteflies, treehoopers, mealybugs and soft scale). They ... READ MORE
When purchasing a plant to put in your landscape do your homework before going to your local nursery. Identify the new plant's site location, remember not all plants can take all growing conditions.
Think about the location the new plant ... READ MORE