Monthly Archive: March 2017

Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/30/native-shrub-option-for-sandy-soils/

Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes

As an extension agent, I’m always curious of what plants folks are using in the landscape. One plant I’ve been noticing more and more of in north Florida, both in containers and in landscape beds, is asparagus fern. Three different plant species go by the name asparagus fern – Sprenger’s fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), foxtail fern …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/30/prevent-asparagus-fern-escapes/

Are Your Dogwoods in Decline?

Everyone, or at least everyone fortunate enough to grow up in the South, has a fond memory tucked away of a sight or smell of a plant that reminds them of the good old days. Maybe it’s the ancient camellia at your grandmother’s house that just feels like home when you see it.  Maybe it’s …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/29/are-your-dogwoods-in-decline/

The Visual and Delectable Appeal of an Edible Landscape

Figure 1: Edible Landscaping.Credit: Dr. Gail Hansen, Environmental Horticulture-UF/IFAS Edible landscaping has become a trend for many gardening enthusiasts. A combination of edible plants along with traditional ornamentals can create an artful presentation. There are some challenges when designing such a landscape, but in those challenges opportunities’ may be found. One of the most difficult challenges …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/21/the-visual-and-delectable-appeal-of-an-edible-landscape/

Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage

Now is the time to prevent your azaleas from being attacked by lace bugs. The azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides, overwinters as eggs on the underside of infested leaves. Eggs hatch in late March and early April. The insect then passes through five nymphal instars before becoming an adult. It takes approximately one month for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/21/inspect-and-wash-to-prevent-azalea-lace-bug-damage/

Spring Festival of Flowers April 7-9, 2017!

About the Spring Festival of Flowers The University of Florida, IFAS and the Pensacola State College Milton Campus invites you to join them for one of the largest festivals of the season. This is a popular event that draws plant enthusiast from near and far. This festival features plant nurseries, UF student club plant sale, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/21/spring-festival-of-flowers-april-7-9-2017/

Get Those Fairies Off My Lawn!

A type III fairy ring. Photo Credit: Alex Bolques, Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University Mushrooms often are grouped in a circle in your lawn.  This is due to the circular release of spores from a central mushroom. “Fairy Ring” is a term used to describe this phenomenon. Fairy rings can be caused by multiple mushroom species …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/20/get-those-fairies-off-my-lawn/

Roasting Seasonal Vegetables

Looking for a colorful and fresh side dish? Then you should try roasting your vegetables! Roasted vegetables are quick, easy, and flavorful. When roasted, vegetables become brown and crisp on the outside, making their natural sugars caramelize. This caramelization process makes the vegetables sweet and full of flavor.  An added bonus of roasting your vegetables …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/14/roasting-seasonal-vegetables/

What’s Shaking…Too Much Salt

March 10 – 16, 2017 is National Salt Awareness Week. Salt is the main source of sodium in the American diet.  Sodium is a mineral only needed by the body in small amounts.  It is found in foods, mostly as sodium chloride. Sodium has an important role in maintaining good health, however, over-consumption of sodium …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/13/whats-shakingtoo-much-salt/

Take Steps to Minimize Mosquitoes

It is an often made wish of summer that the cold weather of winter will kill all the mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. This climactic fete would spare people, pets and livestock the irritation of encountering these low flying pest and their predatory behavior. Unfortunately, the thermometer would have to drop to levels approaching the surface …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/11/take-steps-to-minimize-mosquitoes/

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