When and How to Prune Roses

Many of the roses grown in Florida require regular maintenance. Part of this maintenance includes pruning. But new gardeners sometimes have a hard time getting up the nerve to cut their rose bushes back. Matt Orwat, UF/IFAS Extension Agent in Washington County, provides the basics on rose pruning in today’s article. When and how do …

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Pruning Oleander, Hibiscus and Azalea

Q. I have large oleanders that need to be pruned. When should they be pruned and how drastically can they be cut back? A. The best time to prune oleanders is during late winter just before new growth occurs (February – March). Oleanders flower on current season’s growth. So if you prune at the above …

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Is it Winter or is it Spring?

Northwest Florida winters can be a rollercoaster ride of temperatures. One week it dips to freezing for a short time and the next week it rises to spring-like temperatures. We need to hold on for this ride of up and down temperatures but not over react too soon. Following the sudden ride down to the …

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Overseeding and Dealing with Thatch in Lawn

Q. During late fall I put down some centipedegrass sod. Will it harm my centipede sod if I overseed my new lawn with ryegrass seed? A. The ryegrass can compete with the permanent grass. I have seen centipede lawns that were weakened during spring green up, attempting to outcompete the ryegrass. The extra fertilizer also …

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Enjoy Japanese Magnolias While They Are In Bloom

Japanese or Saucer Magnolias, Magnolia × soulangiana, are known for their display of flowers in late winter and early spring. This has been one of the best seasons that I’ve seen in a while to enjoy these early flowering Japanese Magnolias here in Northwest Florida. They are in bloom now. Because they bloom so early, …

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Now is the Time to Control Lawn Burweed

Lawn burweed is a winter annual weed that becomes problematic in spring. It is a low growing weed in lawns with leaves somewhat resembling a miniature version of parsley. If you had a problem with this weed and missed the narrow window to apply a preemergence herbicide back in October, you still have an opportunity …

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Ideas for Gardening in January

Happy New Year! January may seem like a downtime in the landscape and garden. But there are many jobs to perform this month to get the landscape and garden off to a good start for a new year. In today’s article, I’ll share some gardening ideas from the UF/IFAS Extension North Florida Gardening Calendar (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep451) …

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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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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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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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