A: Floribunda roses are quite different than the normal hybrid tea roses, climbing and Grandiflora roses. Floribunda roses refer to roses which are larger than miniature but smaller than hybrid tea roses. Floribunda roses are fairly hardy and… Read More
Q: I don’t see the small green lizards here anymore. I used to see them all the time when I moved here ten years ago. They seem to have been replaced by a brown variety. What happened?
A: Most likely what you are now seeing is the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei. Apparently this lizard was first detected in 1887 in the Florida Keys but has become fully established within the last 10 years. An… Read More
Q: What kind of caterpillar is this? It looks similar to a monarch butterfly caterpillar but I know it is not.
A: Thank you for bringing in the caterpillar on a leafy twig so it has something to eat. The caterpillar is the larval stage of the black swallowtail butterfly. The colors on both caterpillars are white, yellow and… Read More
A: There is a standard variety of Chenille plant, Acalypha hispida, and a dwarf plant, Acalypha pendula. I am going to assume it is the dwarf variety as it is commonly sold in our local garden centers but… Read More
A: As youngsters, we have learned to love these furry little critters but now as landowners we have a very different perspective. I have a few hints which should help: 1. Removing dense, heavy vegetative cover, brush piles,… Read More
Q: I am having a terrible time with the squirrels eating the bark from my maple and oak trees. What can I do?
Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees. Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live to be about five years old…. Read More
A: Since we were both standing outside and looking at the butterfly visiting the blackberry flowers at the Yulee Fruit Demonstration garden, it was easy to identify. The butterfly is called an American Painted Lady or American Lady,… Read More
Q: I am able to get a Florida dogwood and I wanted to be sure it would grow here. I have filtered light and a slightly moist soil condition.
A: The Florida Dogwood, Cornus florida, would be a great choice since you are purchasing it from a local plant nursery. This means it was most likely grown here in Florida. Filtered light is perfect and the sandy… Read More
Q: We would like to control the Canadian geese at our subdivision. Any ideas on how we might go about doing it?
A: The Canada goose has in some instances become an annoyance mostly because of the large amounts of fecal matter they produce which can pollute water sources. No one is eager to have that sort of mess around… Read More
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