Are you frustrated that with all the energy and money devoted to your yard, you still have patchy turfgrass or weed spots? Or you are spending too much money to keep your grass green? Did you know... it all starts with irrigation!
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As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
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A very common and beautiful flowering bush here in Central Florida is the hibiscus.
This can include the tropical hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-senensis, or a species of hardy hibiscus. Whichever type or variety you choose, the reason why we have ... READ MORE
Every spring about this time the Jadera bugs make their return. We know that by the phone calls and visits to our office about "thousands of small black and red bugs on the walls of my house." They emerge in this area in spring and to a lesser ... READ MORE
Nothing causes as much panic among homeowners and gardeners as lubber grasshoppers!
You know, the tiny grasshoppers that emerge in spring, gather in groups of hundreds and grow into monsters by the end of summer. Much of this terror and fear ... READ MORE
Fusarium Wilt (caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum) is a serious disease of certain species of palm trees and is frequently spread by the use of infected pruning equipment. There are no controls or treatments for this disease so leaning ... READ MORE
Just Arrived In Town!
New insect pests, diseases and invasive organisms unfortunately arrive in Florida on a regular schedule. The newest one that folks should start to familiarize themselves with is something called Texas Phoenix Palm Decline ... READ MORE
It's almost the time of year when we get a few phone calls about "little twigs chewed off of my trees and bushes". This most commonly happens to crepe myrtles, but the problem may occur on a variety of woody plants. It's actually caused by a ... READ MORE
"What's Wrong With The Pine Trees?"
If you drive around Hernando County you will notice quite a few dead pine trees. This is because during spring and summer 2017 we had an outbreak of Ips pine engraver beetles (Ips sp.). It appears that the ... READ MORE
Florida is home to many exotic invasive organisms- everything from plants to insects and even lizards and salt water fish. But one problem plant that many Florida residents are familiar with is Dioscorea bulbifera, or the air potato vine.
Invasive ... READ MORE