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Category: Lawn

Don’t Murder the Myrtles

Crepe Myrtle Murder

by Les Harrison “If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing,” so said English essayist Thomas Penson De Quincey. This early 19th century writer and social commentator published extensively… Read More

Spiderwort and Rustweed Plants are Sprouting and Producing Blooms

Color Hiding in Your Landscape With Spring 2018 barely out of the starting gate, all kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms. This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly. Much like… Read More

Coral Ardisia: A Pretty Problem (Video)

In this Wakulla County Extension video classic, I discuss the invasive plant species Coral Ardisia and how it was introduced to Florida and Wakulla County. For more information contact Les at 850-926-3931.

Sweat Bees Are Pollinators With Panache

Nectar is a major source for the mature insects.

Higher Temperatures Have Reactivated The Insect Population Recent frigid temperatures aside, spring 2018 officially starts in less than a week. While it is not the coldest approach to the spring equinox, it is certainly in the top five… Read More

Gardening Tips In a Late Cold Snap

by Les Harrison Sometimes things just get reversed and cause complication. Such seems to be the case with February and March 2018 in Wakulla County. February was, for the most part, balmy by most standards and had many… Read More

Pokeweed, Used In ‘Polk Salad,’ Is Poisonous

Common Pokeweed Common pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a perennial weed native of North American. It is frequently found in pastures, as well as fence-rows, row crop fields, and wooded areas. All parts of the plant contain saponins, oxalates,… Read More

Wild Radish In Bloom During Winter

Wild Radish

By Les Harrison The natural tri-colors of Wakulla County’s winter are vividly on display now. The muted tones of green, tan and brown represent the evergreens and the deciduous species. The rainbow shades of brilliant spring hues will… Read More

Even Under Frost, Some Wakulla Weeds Still Bloom

The winters in Wakulla County are always (relatively) pleasant especially when they are compared to the remainder of the country. While ice-age conditions may be inflicting a polar environment on the remainder of the country, here in North… Read More

Tips For Autumn Lawn Maintenance

By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director October brings the prospect of relief from the heat and humidity of a Wakulla County summer. The temperatures have moderated, albeit slightly, alleviating some of the oppressive qualities of the daylight… Read More

Wicked Weeds: A Tangled Tale Of Thorny Smilax

  By Les Harrison Wakulla County Extension Director Certainly, Sleeping Beauty’s narcoleptic respite was secured by this plant. It is the very image of a noxious bramble which could be conjured up by an imaginative and resolute wicked… Read More