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Fact Sheets: Invasive Plants | Air Potato | Brazilian Pepper | Japanese Climbing Fern | Two-Leaf Nightshade | Stephen Brown | Lee County Extension


October 26, 2018

Invasive Plants Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) Brazilian Pepper-tree Control Control of Hard to Manage Weeds Environmental Contractors Got Invasive? Get Help! Herbicide Control of Woody Plants Herbicides ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species
Tags: Air Potato, Brazilian Pepper, Control Of Hard To Manage Weeds, Environmental Contractors, Fact Sheet, Factsheet, Herbicide Control Of Woody Plants, Herbicides To Kill Invasive Trees, Invasive Plants, Japanese Climbing Fern, Lee County, Non-native Invasives, Prohibited Plants Of Lee County, Solanum, Stephen Brown, Two Leaf Nightshade
Sea Grant Fish Handling

Fact Sheet: Handling the Fish You Catch


May 23, 2018

One of the joys of fishing is eating the fish you catch, but you may find your catch doesn't taste as fresh as expected. Fish must be handled properly or they will spoil quickly. In addition to disappointing taste, fish stored or processed improperly ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Fact Sheet, Factsheet, Fishing, Florida Sea Grant, Joy Hazell, Lee County, Recreational Fishing, Sea Grant
Scrub Palm

Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?


February 2, 2018

From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other locations outside of Florida most often to the West ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Horticulture, Lee County, Miami Palm, Palms, Sabal Etonia, Sabal Miamiensis, Sabal Palmetto, Scrub Palm, Stephen Brown
Schlerodema Fungus

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?


December 8, 2017

From David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for example, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Ectomycorrhizal Fungi, Horticulture, Lee County, Oak Fungus, Schleroderma Fungus, Steohen Brown
air potato

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?


May 13, 2017

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of control, ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources
Tags: Air Potato, Dioscorea Bulbifera, Garlon, Invasive Species, Lee County, Roy Beckford, Southwest, Weed

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?


May 13, 2017

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable "rotten egg" odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water corrosive to ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Aerator, Hydrogen Sulfide, Lee County, Rotten Egg Smell, Roy Beckford, Southwest, Sulfur, Well Water

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