Every summer we get a flood of emails and samples from residents who have problems with spots on their plant’s leaves.
Florida summertime weather is perfect for fungi and a variety of insects who may be to blame for this problem. ... READ MORE
Some of today’s most pressing issues in society include the prevalence of chronic diseases, food, and financial insecurities. (The UF/IFAS Extension Roadmap, 2013). Addressing these challenges, UF/IFAS Extension Central District Family and ... READ MORE
Bring on the Monarch butterflies!
The fall eastern migration route of the world’s most famous butterfly, the North American Monarch (Danaus plexippus), may include the Florida peninsula as they fly south to Mexico, with some staying in ... READ MORE
Hit the “easy button!” American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is very easy to grow, requiring no maintenance other than elective pruning. The light green deciduous native shrub grows 3-8 feet high and 4-8 feet wide in Florida’s USDA ... READ MORE
With the botanical name Psychotria nervosa you ask, “why put this plant in my yard?” The name translates “life” and “sinewy,” describing red berries that birds and small mammals eat and green shiny leaves with pronounced veins. ... READ MORE
Over the last year, a team of volunteers worked hard to help give the bay scallop population off Hernando's coast a much-needed boost. These volunteers go by the name of "Scallop Sitters." Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by visitors ... READ MORE
Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
Dr. Kathleen Shields, UF/IFAS Hernando County Extension Master Gardener
Did you know?
Spanish moss is neither Spanish nor a moss.
Spanish moss is not a parasite; ... READ MORE
Common Name: Eastern Gray Squirrel
Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis
Identification: The eastern gray squirrel ranges in size between 17 to 20 inches long and weighs about 1 to 1.5 lbs. The tail of the eastern gray squirrel is bushy ... READ MORE
Hurricanes bring excessive rain. When heavy rains bring flooding to an area, your private well may not be safe to drink. It may be in danger of contamination from pollutants found in the flood waters. If your well has been flooded, meaning either ... READ MORE
Common Name: Florida Softshell
Scientific Name: Apalone ferox
Identification: The shell of this species is leathery in texture. The carapace does not have any markings, unlike the juveniles. Young softshell turtles have large spots on ... READ MORE