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Category: Horticulture

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

Manage Yard Pests Responsibly

  Often, the insects you see in the yard are not harmful and may even be beneficial. To manage possible pests; the first rule is identification. Then determine what level of damage is acceptable to… Read More

Pine Chlorosis: The Yellowing of Pine Trees

Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist We’ve been receiving numerous inquiries here at the Extension office regarding the yellowing (chlorosis) and subsequent deaths of native Florida slash pines, most notably in and around urban landscapes.  … Read More

Protect the Waterfront

  Protect the Waterfront. Plants planted along the water’s edge, both in the water and along the shoreline have many benefits. They naturally add aesthetic value, help reduce erosion and filter pollution. They create nursery… Read More

The Green Slime Monster

I moved to Florida thirteen years ago and instantly hated it. It was flat, hot and humid with few redeeming qualities. It took about five years and a departure from the urban areas for the… Read More