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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Cold injured palms

Cold damage is inevitable when growing tropical palms in North Florida. Drs. Monica Elliott and Tim Broschat from the University of Florida provide the following tips on how to cope with cold injured palms.   Wait to remove injured palm leaves that still have any green tissue remaining. The damaged leaves may help the palm survive …

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Wait to prune cold injured plants

Recent freezes have resulted in many people questioning whether to prune or not to prune cold damaged plants. The short answer is – wait.  We’ve just had a long run of freezing temperatures. But winter’s not over. Our winter temperatures go back and forth all season – one week it’s winter, the next week we …

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Tending to freeze-injured citrus trees

Recent freezes resulted in cold damage to some local citrus trees.  Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident. What appears to be damage will not always be permanent. Never be in a hurry to remove cold injured tissue from a citrus tree. Citrus, especially Satsuma, can be very resilient and will …

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Do homework before choosing fruit trees

Many people that move to our area are disappointed to find that they have paid for, planted and cared for fruit trees that are not adapted to our climate. Weather is probably the most important factor determining where certain fruits can and cannot be grown. Most fruits which grow in the northern part of Florida …

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Citrus canker found in Northwest Florida

Citrus canker is a serious disease of citrus trees that was recently confirmed for the first time in southern Santa Rosa County. Because of questions I’m getting from the public, I’d like to share the following article written by Blake Thaxton and Mary Derrick with UF/IFAS Extension in Santa Rosa County and Mikaela Anderson with …

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Avoid tree damage during construction

Construction work can harm trees. And it may take years for the tree to deteriorate.  The most important step you can take is to hire a professional arborist early in the process. An arborist can work with you and your builder to determine which trees can be saved and how to protect your trees during …

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Black twig borers in local trees

Q. Small branches are dying in some of my trees. What’s causing this?   A. More than likely the culprit is the Black Twig Borer. This very small beetle, about 1/16 inch long, has been active this year.  Common trees attacked include cedar, golden rain tree, maple, redbud, sweetgum, loquat, dogwood, Shumard oak, Chinese elm, magnolia, …

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A Few Trees with Winter Appeal

Florida Maple beginning to show fall color. Photo Credit: Larry Williams

For at least several months each year most deciduous trees – those that shed their leaves in the fall – have no foliage at all. Because the bark of these trees is perhaps more visible during the winter months, plan your landscape to include trees with attractive barks, shapes and forms. Click on link to …

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