Monthly Archive: September 2016

Daylilies

‘Wild Wookie’ Daylily. Photo credit: Sally Menk, Florida Master Gardener. The daylily is a popular flowering perennial with East Asian origins which has adapted well to Florida landscapes. Plants are available in a wide variety of growth habits, flower shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, near-white and shades and combinations of all …

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Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!

Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) have recently been encountered in a number of yards in the Panhandle. The worms usually feed in large groups and unfortunately, the first, and basically the only, sign of damage is often a large area of shorter grass due to their feeding. The arrival time of sod webworms is also …

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Fall Turf Issues

St. Augustinegrass roots rotted due to take-all root rot. (Photo Credit: IFAS Photos) The crisp air of fall is upon us. Maybe. We live in northwest Florida and we are not experiencing the change in weather just yet. With the change in weather coming, we are having specific issues in turfgrass lawns and are sure to …

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Financial Fasting Finale

I did it! Or should I say, I didn’t do it! Or more realistically, I almost didn’t do it! What? Spend money in the month of September. Some of you may remember my wallet really needed a break, so I set a goal to spend no money in the month of September unless absolutely necessary. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/28/financial-fasting-finale/

Crops in Season: October 2016

Autumn, which technically started on the 22nd day of September is a good time to FALL back into good nutrition! Many Florida crops are in season now. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS); avocados, bell peppers, carambolas, cucumbers, grapefruits, guavas, mushrooms, oranges, peanuts, squash, sweet corn, tangerines and tomatoes are …

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Putting the WOW in Halloween

Would you agree that kids get plenty of candy while trick or treating? Wouldn’t it be fun this year to focus on Halloween fun instead? Here are some ideas for parents, grandparents, adopted grandparents, teachers and neighbors to enjoy a Halloween celebration that does not focus on candy! Focus on the costumes both for the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/26/putting-the-wow-in-halloween/

Healthy Concession Stands

  FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND THAT MEANS FOOTBALL…AND CONCESSION STAND FOOD Whether it is football, baseball or basketball season, they all have one thing in common, concession stands with their unhealthy food options. During a regular season, foods that are available in concession stands may be the only mealtime option for busy families …

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Hold the Sugar

A “sweet tooth” is something we are probably all guilty of having, to some degree.  Eating the occasional cookie or slice of pie isn’t a crime and can have a place in the American diet, if consumed in moderation.  Unfortunately, in our society there are enormous opportunities for sugary food, even in places where you’d …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/25/hold-the-sugar/

Tips for Building a Strong and Healthy Marriage

With an alarming divorce rate that has rapidly escalated during the last half of the 20th century, many couples are part of a growing group focusing on developing a healthy marriage. Research shows that there is a clear link between a healthy marriage and better health for men and women. Children also grow and thrive …

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Echo Your Architecture

One of the most overlooked aspects of landscape design, particularly on DIY projects, is the idea of enhancing the architecture of your home by using plants that echo the shapes and features of the structure. The use of proper plant material not only shows off a home’s exterior beauty and increases curb appeal but often …

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