Time to Begin Fall/Winter Vegetable Garden

The hot weather may not indicate it, but it’s time to begin a fall vegetable garden. Cool-season vegetables include leafy-green vegetables such as cabbage, collards and spinach. A few other cool-season vegetables include radish, beets and carrots. Broccoli is an excellent winter crop. Cultural practices are similar to cabbage. Broccoli and cabbage should be planted …

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Cool, Wet Spring Favors Azalea/Camellia Leaf Gall

Azalea leaf & flower gall Photo Credit: Norma Samuel UF/IFAS Extension

Do you have azaleas or camellias with leaves that are thickened, curled and waxy in appearance? This is fairly common this year and is caused by a fungus.  Exobasidium vaccinii is a fungus that causes leaves, and in some cases flower petals, to enlarge abnormally and is commonly referred to as azalea leaf and flower …

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Be Cautious of Too-Good-to-be-True Lawn Grasses

Kentucky bluegrass, fescuegrass & ryegrass (annual ryegrass pictured) can be seeded to provide a temporary winter lawn but will not provide a permanent lawn in Florida due to our hot, wet summers. Photo Credit: Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This phrase offers sound advice for the person looking for the “perfect” lawn grass.  It’s common to see advertisements for the perfect lawn grass. You should be skeptical when reading advertisements that proclaim an amazing grass that produces a lush, green lawn with very …

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Spring Fever or Lawn Headache

With the cold, wet weather that has persisted this winter, I predict a good dose of spring fever this year. But be careful when the fever hits you. Don’t fertilize your lawn too early. The fever may turn into a lawn headache.  Wait to fertilize. Fertilizing while the soil is too cool can result in …

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Monitor for Mole Crickets in Lawns

Mole Cricket Photo Credit: Eileen Buss, UF IFAS Extension

Many people treat their lawn with an insecticide when they see mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn. What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest.  Mole crickets spend the winter as adults in the soil. As temperatures warm in late February and …

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Soil pH is Important

Determining whether soil is acid or alkaline is important in gardening.    The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Each whole number drop on the pH scale indicates 10 times more acidity. For example, a soil with a pH of 5 is ten times more acid than a soil having a …

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Weeds VS Lawns, Who Wins?

Florida Pusley, a common summer annual weed 
Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Extension

Is it possible to have a weed-free yard? This is a good question to consider as you set out to achieve the weed-free yard.  A weed is simply a plant out-of-place or an unwanted plant. For example, bermudagrass is intentionally planted on some golf course greens. In this case it is wanted and is not …

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Lawn Problems are Common in Spring

Spring lawn problem

Patience, warmer soil temperature and correct lawn management will solve many spring lawn problems. Many spring dead spots in lawns are caused by something that happened the previous growing season or winter. For example, the freezes and ice that we experienced this winter could be a factor or late applications of a high-nitrogen fertilizer can …

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New later blooming Japanese Magnolias

Japanese or Saucer Magnolias, Magnolia × soulangiana, have long been appreciated for their display of flowers in late winter and early spring. Their primary flaw is that their purplish pink flowers usually open in late winter and are often damaged by late freezes. Fortunately there are many new hybrid magnolias offering larger flowers, later blooming …

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Time to apply preemergence herbicide but wait to fertilize lawn

The coming weeks are the time to apply a preemergence herbicide to prevent summer annual weeds in your lawn.  Timing of a preemergence herbicide application for summer annual weeds such as crabgrass should be during mid February to March 5 when day temperatures reach 65° to 70°F for four to five consecutive days. This generally …

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