Monthly Archive: August 2013

Bats Are Gentle Intelligent Creatures

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat August 16, 2013 By Fred Q. Vroom   Bats are gentle intelligent mammals that render a great service to mankind, pollinating plants and eating insects; they exist in huge numbers, being exceeded in number only by rodents and humans; they are distinguished as the only flying mammals. Unfortunately, bats …

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What’s Native?

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat August 23, 2013 Photo by Taylor Vandiver By David MacManus   Our local landscapes are often much like “plant zoos” planted with many exotic ornamentals such as crape myrtles, evergreen azaleas, camellias and sago palms from the Orient; agapanthus and pentas from Africa; pindo palms, feijoa and caladiums from …

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Leon County Mosquito Program Serves Area Residents

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat Photos by Whit Pennington, Mosquito Control staff hand spraying in pond. August 16, 2013 By Glen Pourciau In Leon County there are more than 40 different species of mosquitoes with only about 15 of these species considered to be of economic or medical importance, meaning they are a nuisance …

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What are Stormwater Ponds for?

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat   August 9, 2013, Release for Tallahassee Democrat   Photo by Mark Tancig, Timberlake Stormwater Pond   By Mark Tancig   Many citizens notice the stormwater ponds that are constructed with new developments and question the purpose of these ponds. In Leon County, stormwater ponds are required as part …

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Lightning Protection Systems for Trees

Guest Article for the Tallahassee Democrat August 9, 2013  Sam Hand Photo: Courtesy of UF Given that Florida has one of the highest rates of lightning strikes in the world, I am surprised at how little people in this state know about how to protect their heritage and specimen trees from loss or damage from …

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Trees and the law . . .

Tallahassee Democrat  August 9, 2013  By: Stan Chapman   We are blessed in Tallahassee to have so many amazing trees and a rich urban canopy.  Unfortunately, that urban canopy is under constant stress from development and construction activities.  Many property owners in Tallahassee own trees that are in poor structural condition – trees that have …

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The Accidental Landscaper

Tallahassee Democrat August 9, 2013 By Linda H. Yates Photo: Linda Yates   A rabbit sneaked into my yard last night and ate six hyacinth bean plants to the ground.  He may just have had a yen for green veggies, but he changed my landscaping plans in one, 10-minute, forage.  I had envisioned prolific green …

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