Tag Archive: Spring

This Fall: Pause Before Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs

Azaleas pruned late in the fall will have little or no bloom in the spring. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat   As fall approaches, our spring blooming shrubs such as gardenia, spirea and azalea begin to look unkempt and overgrown. That means it is time to give them a severe pruning to get them ready for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/09/this-fall-pause-before-pruning-spring-blooming-shrubs/

Weeds are Getting Ready For Spring 2016

Weeds are growing everywhere, especially in manicured lawns and landscapes despite the best efforts of owners who have spared no expense to remove the offending flora. Herbicides to control the weeds seem to be less effective as August progresses. The reality, at least about the herbicides, is different from perceived appearances. Herbicides can be a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/11/weeds-are-getting-ready-for-spring-2016/

Tent Caterpillars: An Unwelcome Spring Guest

Uninvited guests can sometimes be fun and entertaining, bringing spontaneity to an otherwise predictable schedule. Sometimes the surprise guest is just an unpleasant distraction with no redeeming virtues. The unanticipated knock on the door can bring both scenarios to mind. Almost everyone has an enjoyable cousin who regales listeners with amusing tales, and picks up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/19/tent-caterpillars-an-unwelcome-spring-guest/

New EDIS Fact Sheets added this Spring

The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/09/new-edis-fact-sheets-added-this-spring/

Spring is the Ideal Time for Aquatic Herbicide Application

As water temperatures rise, aquatic weed growth increases. Be sure to monitor ponds closely and control weeds before the problem gets too large.Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin Similar to Goldilocks’ porridge, water temperature doesn’t need to be too hot or too cold, it needs to be just right for using aquatic herbicides (70o – 80o F). …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/25/spring-is-the-ideal-time-for-aquatic-herbicide-application/

Gulf Coast Small Farm Spring Field Day – May 29

All commercial vegetable growers are encouraged to attend the 2015 Spring Vegetable Field Day that will be held on May 29th at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research Education Center (4253 Experiment Way, Jay Florida). This year’s field day stops high tunnel organic tomatoes, high tunnel cucumbers, watermelon variety trial, disease identification control in melons, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/18/gulf-coast-small-farm-spring-field-day-may-29/

Spring into Action: Time to Get Moving

Spring has Sprung Still trying to get past those winter blues? Get outside, enjoy the Spring weather, and do something active! Regardless of age or fitness level it is important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Some people might say they cannot be active due to lack of time however, fitting in physical …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/14/spring-into-action-time-to-get-moving/

Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Home!

  Spring cleaning of one’s home is a tradition dating back centuries that is tied to the vernal equinox – the first day of spring.   At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. In many cultures this longer, lighter, warmer day is often a cause …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/11/spring-clean-your-way-to-a-safer-home/

Alligators Become More Active in the Spring

The American Alligator is an icon of the state of Florida. Viewed on the program “Swamp People” and as the mascot of the University of Florida, most visitors to our state see this animal more on television than in the wild; but they are certainly there. In need of mates and calories from the lack …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/10/alligators-become-more-active-in-the-spring/

Spring is Here! Discovering the Panhandle – Barrier Islands – March

What many have been waiting for… spring is here!  HAPPY EQUINOX EVERYONE! Today’s photoperiod will be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness – equinox.  Many cultures around the world celebrate this and many ancient cultures built great structures to celebrate the event.  It is also a time that many forms of plants and wildlife …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/21/spring-is-here-discovering-the-panhandle-barrier-islands-march/

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