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Celebrating World Bee Day is the Buzz in Suwannee County


May 18, 2021

Why celebrate bees? Celebrate the importance of bees to our food crops and support local beekeepers on May 20. More than 90 crops rely on honeybees for pollination in the US including fruit, fiber, nut and vegetable crops. The crops pollinated ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: #nativebees, #nativeplants, #northfloridagardening, #pollinatorsandbeneficialinsects, #wildlifegardeneing, UFBugs, Wildlife

Oak Leaves have been Falling Like Rain


February 16, 2021

Free Nutrients: My oak trees have been dropping leaves like crazy this fall and winter. WooHoo, free nutrients for my planted shrubs and perennials. I created large plant beads so the leaves can drop in and provide a mulch layer that decomposes ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf
Tags: #nativeplants, #northfloridagardening, Earthworms, Gardening, Mulching, Oakleaf Mulch, Pestinnorthflroida, Typesofmulch, Weeds, Wildlifegardening

My Two Cents About Dollarweed


January 19, 2021

How to recognize it: Dollarweed is a moisture-loving plant that can be hard to manage in lawns and landscape beds. Also know as pennywort, Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.), is a warm-season perennial weed. It is named because of its silver-dollar-shaped ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: #northfloridagardening, Gardening, Lawn Weeds, Native Plants, Pollinators And Beneficial Insects, Suwannee County Extension, Topic Tuesday, Weed Management

Can I touch a Wooly Bear Caterpillar?


December 15, 2020

Woolly Bear Caterpillar For the last two weeks while teaching youth about the game of disc golf, we came across big black fuzzy looking caterpillar approximately 3" long. Of course, the kids wanted to know what it was and could they touch it? ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: #beneficialinsects, #northfloridagardening, Gardening, Pollinators, UFBugs, Wildlifegardening
Amanda Law, UF/IFAS Extension Suwannee County

Take a Break from Virtual Learning and Take Your Children Outside


July 28, 2020

Wonders of your Backyard There are so many wonders of nature in our own backyards or at a local park. They key is to slow down and look really closely. There are frogs, lizards, dragonflies, birds and unusual plants to be explored. Don't worry ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Wildlife
Tags: #beneficialinsects, #explore, #kidsinnature, #mastergardenervolunteers, #mushrooms, #nativeplants, #northfloridagardening, #pestsinnorthflorida, #snails, #zebralongwing, Gardening, Pollinators, Wildlifegardening

After the Tropical Storm, My Plants Need a Snorkel


June 9, 2020

My Plants need a Snorkel We needed rain and our wishes were granted. The soil was dry and dusty when I planted salvia in my yard, right before the tropical storm that unleashed torrents of rain in North Florida. After 12-17 inches of rain descended, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: #floridafriendly, #gardening #hurricane #tropicalstorm #landscaping, #northfloridagardening, #plants, #trees

Check Tomato Plants for Hidden Hornworms


May 5, 2020

What are we looking for? Hornworms can consume large portions of your tomato plants overnight, we are more likely to find tobacco hornworms manduca sexta since they are more prevalent in the Gulf Coast States. The tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease,
Tags: #insects, #northfloridagardening, #pestofnorthflorida, #tomatoes, #veggiegardens, Gardening

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