Monthly Archive: September 2014

Frondless King Sago plants

Many King Sago, Cycas revolute, plants in our North Florida landscapes still look sad as a result of cold injury that occurred during our most recent winter. In today’s article, Bob Bayer, UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener in Okaloosa County, and I explain what to do with sagos that have not fully recovered. In many cases …

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The chinch bug fertilizer relationship

As nitrogen fertilization increases, chinch bug damage increases.   Chinch bugs are the most common and most damaging insect pest of St. Augustinegrass in Florida. But you can make your lawn less attractive to this pest by fertilizing correctly.   Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5 inch long, black with white wings folded flat on …

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Environmentally-friendly pest control

Horticultural oils, soaps and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) products may provide a more environmentally-friendly approach to landscape pest control. These materials are relatively nontoxic to the user, are relatively safe to beneficial insects and it is difficult for pests to develop resistance to oils and soaps. Horticultural oils and soaps will control egg, immature and adult …

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Don’t use herbicides in compost pile

Q. I have a lot of compost from lawn cuttings, limb shredding, etc. A lot of weed seeds are in this and it does not get hot enough to kill the seeds. Is there a treatment to kill the seeds? Can I use a preemergence lawn herbicide in my compost pile to prevent the weeds …

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Kudzu bug, new to Northwest Florida

  First documented in the US in 2009 in Northeast Georgia, the Kudzu bug made its first appearance in Okaloosa County in 2013. Similar to stink bugs, it discharges an odor when disturbed. This odor emission can irritate the skin and eyes. Today’s article, written by Jennifer Bearden, UF/IFAS Agriculture Agent in Okaloosa County, provides information …

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2014/09/08/time-to-begin-fallwinter-vegetable-garden/

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