by Mark E. Hostetler If you were to look at Florida from an airplane, you would see urban environments expanding into natural areas. Thousands of people are moving into Florida each year. To make room… Read More
Category: Home Landscapes
Q: I have some plants I want to be sure survive any freezing temperatures. What should I do to protect them?
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… 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…. 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. Why? PPQ maintains… 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… 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… Read More