Larry Williams

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Name: Larry Williams
Date registered: February 29, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida — October 2, 2017
  2. Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns — June 5, 2017
  3. Best Lawn Grass and Mole Cricket Control Questions — May 3, 2017
  4. When and How to Prune Roses — February 16, 2017
  5. Pruning Oleander, Hibiscus and Azalea — February 16, 2017

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Gardening is a Healthy New Year’s Resolution

With 2017 almost here, I have an idea for a New Year’s resolution that is healthy, provides exercise and is a fun outdoor activity for the entire family. Vegetable gardening can be an excellent activity to try this New Year. For the beginner or experienced gardener, there is always something new to learn from the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/28/gardening-is-a-healthy-new-years-resolution/

Christmas Tree Facts

With today being Christmas, I thought it would be fun to look at some Christmas tree facts in today’s article. Nearly 350 million real Christmas trees are currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers. Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year. North …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/28/christmas-tree-facts/

Mistletoe Can Harm Trees and People

Despite the fact that mistletoe remains a popular Christmas decoration with its bright green leaves and white berries, it is a parasite of trees. As a result, it can harm trees. Mistletoe also has poisonous properties and should be kept out of the reach of children who may be tempted to eat the berries. Mistletoe …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/19/mistletoe-can-harm-trees-and-people/

Christmas gifts for the gardener

Do you have that hard to buy for person on your Christmas shopping list? I have an idea, especially if that person enjoys gardening. The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Bookstore offers a wealth of books, CDs, DVDs, identification decks and manuals. These resources include gardening, lawn and landscape …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/christmas-gifts-for-the-gardener/

Acorns abound this fall

Do you have more acorns than you know what to do with this fall? When oaks produce loads of acorns, it sometimes is called a “mast” year. Do you remember the oak tree pollen and all those catkins that fell from oaks earlier this year? Catkins are the male flowers in oaks. Some people refer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/acorns-abound-this-fall/

Can tulips be grown in North Florida?

Q. I see advertising now for planting bulbs but I wonder if this is correct for here in North Florida? Are tulip bulbs a good choice here? A. Some of the northern bulbs are poor performers this far south. Tulips are in this category. It’s not only the lack of sufficient cold weather to meet …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/can-tulips-be-grown-in-north-florida/

Sandbur control and white specks on magnolia leaves

Q. I have an infestation of sandburs. Is there anything that I can use in my lawn to get rid of this weed? A. Sandbur or sandspur is a warm season (summer) annual grass. As such, it comes up from seed during spring. In the seedling stage it blends in with the lawn grass. Later …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/sandbur-control-and-white-specks-on-magnolia-leaves/

Reduce 100 bags of fall leaves to ten

Billions of leaves blanket the fall landscape and are bagged by hundreds of homeowners to be placed curbside for local trash pick-up. Many of these leaves could be easily turned into valuable mulch or compost. Why do all those fall leaves end up in bags to be discarded? It’s probably because the homeowner is overwhelmed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/reduce-100-bags-of-fall-leaves-to-ten/

Water management during dry weather

So far our fall has been unusually dry with warmer temperatures. Even though our average annual rainfall is around sixty-two inches per year, we don’t always receive rain exactly when we need it. There are times when we need to apply additional water. During dry weather, implement the following water management practices to improve the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/13/water-management-during-dry-weather/

Winterizer fertilizer, not for Florida

Many people fertilize their lawn too late with too much nitrogen. They wrongly call this practice “winterizing.” The word “winterizer” is misleading. Many of the so-called winterizer fertilizers available in our area can cause more damage than good. The time to fertilize our warm-season grasses in Florida is during the growing season, not when the …

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