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Cogongrass – Pernicious Pasture Weed

May 23, 2018

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious invasive weed that disrupts ecosystems, decreases property values, and creates increased risk for fires. It originated from Southeast Asia and infests nearly 500 million acres worldwide. It was ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Forage, Grass, Herbicide, Invasive, Noxious, Pasture, Rhizome, Roadsides, Weed, Weed Control
aphid infestation

The Oleander Aphid – Arch Enemy of Milkweed

April 16, 2018

Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: Aphids, Caterpillar, Ladybugs, Larval Host Plant, Milkweed, Monarch, Oleander, Parasitic Wasps, Pests, Predators
trellis vines

Trellised Vines

March 29, 2018

During a cold, overcast day last winter, with a great deal of incentive to remain indoors, I knelt at the bookshelf and picked out a book on garden structures. The book’s colorful pictures of well-kept gazebos, trellises, pergolas and ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Arbor, Creeping Fig, Cross Vine, Dutchman's Pipe, Fences, Gardening, Gazebo, Honeysuckle, Passion Vine, Pergola, Plants, Trellis, Vertical Gardening

Spring Pest Problems

March 1, 2018

Now that winter’s end is in sight, we can look forward to the consistently warmer weather and the explosion of emerging plant life that comes with it. While this wondrous spring event is happening it also coincides with insect pest problems. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Commercial, Crops, Damage, Farm, Farmer, Garden, Gardener, Insecticides, Insects, Pest Control, Pests, Planting, Plants, Produce, Spring
hydroponics for homeowners

Hydroponics for Homeowners

March 1, 2018

Hydroponic gardening is a popular technique that has become widely used in residential landscapes as well as commercial production in recent years. Hydroponics is the art of growing plants without soil; this not a new concept, it can be traced ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Ebb, Flow, Gardening, Growing Medium, Micronutrients, Nutrient Fill, Perlite, Reservoir, Rockwool, Technique, Vertical Drip, Water, Wick System

How to Water Your Lawn and Save Water for the Fishes

February 20, 2018

Did you know that about 60% of home water usage is used to water landscapes? That is, 60% of our fresh drinking water is used to grow one of the world’s largest inedible crops! So how can you water your lawn and landscape and not waste ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Water
Tags: Landscape, Lawn, Micro-irrigation, Microirrigation, Plants, Sprinklers, Waste

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