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Gardening Patience for Cold-Damaged Plants

Our recent cold weather was not only a surprise for many locals but also for many plants that still had plenty of green growth. After a couple of nights of freezing temperatures, even deciduous trees that had not dropped their leaves, look a little ratty. Since it is just the beginning of December and we are …

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Plants change with the season

As the season changes, plants change as well. This is true in evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs as well as our lawn grasses. The cooler night temperatures and the shorter day length of fall result in changes in the physiology of many of our landscape plants and lawn grasses. It’s common for azaleas to …

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The Secret Life of Plants

As winter approaches, short days and cool temperatures cause many plants to slow down and enter a suspended growth phase known as dormancy. Dormancy in plants is similar to the way bears hibernate during the winter. You may be asking yourself what is dormancy? And how can I get in on that? Well, to be …

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Florida Native Plants: Beautyberry

This autumn you may notice shrubs with long, arching branches sporting clusters of shiny purple berries. That beautiful sight is the Beautyberry, or Callicarpa americana. This native is found throughout Florida and the southern United States, west into Texas and north to Tennessee and Virginia. Beautyberry in the fall. Photo credit: Mary Derrick, UF IFAS Extension. In …

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Plants Poisonous to Pets

Is your pet one of those that likes to nibble on or gobble down new plants in your home or landscape? If so, it would be wise to make sure that the new plants you introduce do not send you running with your pet to the vet. There are many common plants that can adversely …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/08/19/plants-poisonous-to-pets/

Plants to Beat the Heat!

Most people appreciate a colorful landscape, but may not have a lot of time or money to invest into keeping it looking good.  Add to that the low nutrient soils that do not hold water that are common in the western Panhandle and keeping an attractive yard becomes even more challenging, especially if irrigation is …

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How Do I Find Plants to Suit My Landscape?

We all seem to have this dilemma: A desire to re-landscape or just add a few plants to an area, but not knowing what would be the best choice. Plants need to be compatible with their location. The right plant should be chosen for the right place.  Many have particular light, moisture and zone requirements …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/15/how-do-i-find-plants-to-suit-my-landscape/

Vacation Care for Plants

Summertime is vacation time for people, not plants! While getting ready for that long awaited trip, it’s easy to forget about your lawn, landscape, vegetable garden and house plants. A little time spent preparing your leafy friends for your absence could save you needless worry and hours of extra work when you get back. Prepare …

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A Fluffy Woolly Mass on Woody Plants

Homeowner accounts of white fluffy woolly masses on woody ornamentals have been on the rise.  They can appear on the ends of a wide variety of woody ornamental branches in the landscape.  A closer inspection of these white woolly masses can provide the curious observer with a startling surprise.  “It’s Alive!”  It moves and seems …

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Managing Aquatic Plants in Farm Ponds

Florida’s has hundreds of types of aquatic plants and they are often an overlooked feature of Florida’s landscape. Photo by Jeff Schardt Everywhere you look, plants are responding enthusiastically to Florida’s abundant rains, sunshine, and fertile soils; and this includes aquatic plants as well!  Florida’s has hundreds of types of aquatic plants and they are …

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