A: Thanks for bringing in this caterpillar to the Extension office. Your caterpillars provided an excellent opportunity to share with the Master Gardener volunteers, most of whom had never seen a live saddleback specimen. The caterpillars were saddleback… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
A: From your description, my first guess would be to suspect a rat. Literally, a roof rat called Rattus rattus. I know that is scary thought but we have many more of these rodents than most of us… Read More
Q: The leaves on as few of my plants are looking wrinkled and puckered. A friend of mine gave me this plant and I hate to see it doing poorly. What is wrong? A: The cause for the… Read More
A: My first question to you was whether or not you had Boston fern in the flower beds. Once you said yes, I knew the growths were the bulbuls of the invasive Boston fern, Nephrolepis exaltata. They are… Read More
Q: When I lived in Ohio, I used Milky Spore to control grubs in my lawn. Will it work here in Fernandina on my St. Augustine grass?
Q: When I lived in Ohio, I used Milky Spore to control grubs in my lawn. Will it work here in Fernandina on my St. Augustine grass? If so, when is best time to apply? A: Thank you… Read More
Q: Apparently the armadillo under my back steps invited others to join or had babies! I appreciate any help you can give!
Q: I have had one armadillo home under my back steps since I moved in 3 years ago. I thought it was OK and didn’t find him/her too much of a nuisance. BUT now, I have a condo… Read More
Q: What is wrong with my sago palm? The newer fronds are brown and twisted. A: Your sago palm appears to have a nutrient deficiency called frizzle top. The photo I took shows several seasons of fronds which… Read More
Q: Are king sagos (cycas revoluta) subject to Ganodema butt rot? If not, is there some other disease that has similar conks that cycads would be subject to? A: After looking at the photo you sent, it is… Read More
Q: In my neighborhood we have several Sabal palms, which are planted in common areas that are covered with a snow-like fungus. What is it and how can we treat it?
A: The snow-like covering on your palms is not a fungus but an insect called Sabal Palm Scale or Palmetto Scale, Comstockiella sabalis. This insect is a common, native insect pest of palms, especially Sabal palms. Females give… Read More
Q: We discovered an irrigation head had broken right at the base of this palm. Do you think the extra water could have caused the palm to die?
Q: I have a whole bunch of mushrooms growing at the base of my sabal palm. The palm has brown fronds, some appear to be dying. We discovered an irrigation head had broken right at the base of… Read More