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Category: Horticulture

EVENT: Limited commercial landscape maintenance seminar and exam

urban landscape setting

All commercial landscape professionals who apply pesticides (including Roundup), are required to take a six-hour training class to obtain a Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) license. This certification allows you to apply ‘Caution’-labeled pesticides to… Read More

I spy… whitefly!

When is a scale insect not a scale insect? When it’s actually the juvenile stage of a whitefly. That is what some of the local landscapers found out while scouting for pests. The pupal cases of both… Read More

Operation Cleansweep: free chemical cleanout for businesses

Calling all businesses: here is a safe and economical way to dispose of your canceled, suspended, and unusable pesticides (CSUP) …for FREE! If you are in pest control, golf course, agricultural, greenhouse, or nursery operations… Read More

Little beetle battles big problem

Call it a beetle to battle the bulbil. The tiny air potato beetle (Lilioceris cheni) might be the key to stemming the invasion of a “noxious weed” – the air potato plant – that can… Read More

Sarasota County joins Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, and so can you

Be a part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and help save bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators responsible for one out of three bites of food we take. Pollinator populations have plummeted in… Read More

Palmetto Weevils

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist Once considered a minor pest of palms, the palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus) has in recent years become a serious problem on Canary Island Date palms (Phoenix canariensis) and… Read More