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The Grass is Getting “Hungry”

(UF/IFAS photo Thomas Wright) Northwest Florida’s weather patterns can present challenges to maintaining a health lawn. Heavy rains promote fast growth and relentless sunshine causes lawns to fade.  In the last 200 days we have received at least 68 days of rain.  While the rest of Florida was experiencing record drought, the Panhandle was experiencing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/22/the-grass-is-getting-hungry/

Next Year’s Bahia Grass Depends on This Year’s Renovation Preparation

Having Bahiagrass ready to graze in 2017 depends on what you do in 2016. In that recent flash of time when cattle prices were the highest in my lifetime, many Florida ranchers seized the opportunity to invest some increased income in capital improvements for the ranch. Some fertilized according to soil test for the first …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/28/next-years-bahia-grass-depends-on-this-years-renovation-preparation/

Brunswick Grass: a Weed Contaminant in Bahiagrass Seed Production Fields

Ann Blount, Jay Ferrell, Anthony Drew, Jose Dubeux, and Cheryl Mackowiak (in cooperation with Johnny Melton, Jack Melton Family, Inc.) Brunswick grass (Paspalum nicorae Parodi), sometimes referred to as “Brown seeded paspalum,” is becoming a problematic weed in summer perennial grass pastures in the southeast. Brunswick grass is a perennial summer grass, with a similar …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/27/brunswick-grass-a-weed-contaminant-in-bahiagrass-seed-production-fields/

Fall Color with Muhly Grass

As September rolls into October and we finally experience cooler temperatures, I always look forward to seeing one of my favorite native grasses in full bloom. Muhlenbergia capillaris, or Muhly grass, is an extremely versatile plant in the home landscape. It is both flood and drought tolerant and easy to maintain. A true local, it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/23/fall-color-with-muhly-grass/

Why Is My Grass Dying Again?

“We have replaced this grass several times over the past few years; and it’s dying again.”  I have heard this complaint too many times this summer.  Last summer’s heavy rain, the stress of January’s icy weather, and this year’s extended summer have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis. Symptoms …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/16/why-is-my-grass-dying-again/

Native Grass for Moist Soils

Native plants can more readily be found in local nurseries to enhance landscape plantings. Not all natives are suited to every habit so it is still important to match the plant’s requirements with a suitable area in the landscape. One low maintenance native that is more suited to a specific area is the landscape is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/21/native-grass-for-moist-soils/

Integrating Perennial Peanut into Grass Pastures

Figure 3. Rhizoma peanut + bahiagrass pastures 10 years after establishment.  Photo Credit: Miguel Castillo Jose Dubeux, University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Rhizoma peanut (commonly known as perennial peanut) is a warm-season perennial legume well adapted to Florida. It has high digestibility (65-75%) and crude protein concentrations (15-20%), that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/19/integrating-perennial-peanut-into-grass-pastures/

Protect Your Herd from Grass Tetany this Winter

Cattle grazing on cool season forages can be at risk of grass tetany.  Photo Credit:  Doug Mayo Grass tetany is a potentially deadly condition in cattle and sheep grazing on small grains or ryegrass.  Grass tetany is a condition associated with reduced magnesium levels in the blood, and can be a serious problem for cattle and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/25/protect-your-herd-from-grass-tetany-this-winter/

Disposing Of Grass Clippings Can Be A Pain But Alternatives Exist

As if mowing the lawn wasn’t trouble enough, dealing with and disposing of grass clippings is a major pain. Clumps of grass clippings left on the lawn are unsightly and cause the grass beneath them to turn yellow due to a lack of sunlight as well as oxygen. That problem is somewhat eliminated if you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/08/19/disposing-of-grass-clippings-can-be-a-pain-but-alternatives-exist/

Grow a Grass Handprint

Photo Credit: http://montessorimeetmot.blogspot.com/2012/04/neatfun-ideas.html It’s summer time finally, and our kids are glad to be out of school, but it won’t be long before they are bored and itching for some fun.  I’ve put together a boredom buster that you can use at home, in 4-H club meetings, 4-H school enrichment programs, or in 4-H day …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/21/grow-a-grass-handprint/

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