Tag: horticulture

Love is in the air… and all over the car windshield

The few things we can count on in Florida in the spring – heat, humidity, sunshine, and lovebugs. Yes, those small, black bugs that are everywhere, but especially splattered across the front of our cars. You are lucky if your… Read More

Professional landscape management resources

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County offers professional landscape management training and resources which promote environmentally sound use of irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides by industry professionals, and offers training and continuing education units to maintain or renew licenses. Tree Trimmer Workshop… Read More

Thank you, Nebraska!

You might already know that National Arbor Day is April 26. But did you know that we have Nebraska to thank for this? Trees, please Julius Sterling Morton (father of Joy Morton, the Morton Salt Company founder) moved… Read More

The plant kingdom’s “Twilight Zone”

What would you call a plant that does not behave like a plant? Ninety-nine percent of plants in the plant kingdom make their own food using light, water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other plant nutrients, via… Read More

Hey, ho, io!

io caterpillars on a hedge

They can be fairly hard to spot if you’re zipping through the landscape at 8 mph on a golf cart, but it is also hard to ignore 50 feet of a defoliating hibiscus hedge as a result of the… Read More

CLASS: Green industries best management practices (BMPs)

Florida home with maintained landscaping

This class is designed to provide training in Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting… 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 Tetraleurodes (e.g., mulberry whitefly)… Read More

Florida snow – pretty or pesky?

  What is that white weed-flower that blankets your lawn like snow during the cool season? That’s Florida pusley, also known as Florida snow or Mexican clover. Depending on whom you ask, it is either considered pretty, with… Read More