Tag Archive: Landscape

Tips on How to Manage Water in Your Landscape

    Although we’ve received much-needed rainfall of late, it’s still a struggle to manage moisture levels in our Panhandle landscapes this summer. During wet summer seasons, one recurring issue is that watering plants too much can have as much of an ill effect as not watering enough. Shallow rooted plants, as well as newly set plants …

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Landscape Pruning

Properely pruned plants will produce vigroous new growth and ample new flowers. Even though these roses were pruned in February, soon it will be time to prune azaleas, right after they finish their bloom. Pruning is something all homeowners and landscapers know is one of the many chores to be completed in the landscape. Everyone recognizes that pruning needs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/05/18/landscape-pruning/

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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Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/12/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

Planning ahead can reduce home and landscape damage

Even large, healthy oaks may fall during a tornado. Photo credit: northescambia.com When we think of bad weather in Florida, hurricanes are typically the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, Florida is 4th in the nation in tornado frequency—and when adjusted for frequency per square mile, we are actually number 1. Residents of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/02/planning-ahead-can-reduce-home-and-landscape-damage/

Waxmyrtle, an Overlooked Landscape Shrub

Waxmyrtle. Image Credit UF / IFAS Solutions Myrica cerifera Southern Waxmyrtle, Bayberry is a large shrub to small tree that is now native to much of Florida and much of the Southeastern United States. It was introduced to Europeans in the 1700s and is considered native by many botanical authorities. Sources disagree to the validity of its native status. …

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Evaluate and Enjoy Your Landscape This Fall

Fall is a good time to evaluate your landscape, learn from what has and what has not worked and formulate plans to improve your landscape. Evaluate problem areas in lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams Before your lawn and landscape plants go dormant, do a walk through of your landscape, make notes if necessary and visually …

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Can Your Landscape Support Breeding Butterflies?

Giant Swallowtail on citrus leaf. JMcConnell, UF/IFAS Adult butterflies are pretty easy to attract to your landscape if you provide flowering plants, but getting them to lay eggs in your garden is a little trickier. Butterflies go through complete metamorphosis which means that they have four main life stages. The first is the egg, second …

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How Did Those Weeds Get in My Landscape?

Just when you think your battle against weeds is over for the summer, cooler nighttime temperatures and shorter days spark the beginning of a new crop of your least favorite plants. The question of many homeowners is: how did all the weeds get into my landscape? There are many ways that weeds make it to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/16/how-did-those-weeds-get-in-my-landscape/

Brighten Bare Spots in Your Landscape

There are areas in most landscapes where it just is not practical or possible to bring in the tiller and create a flowerbed. A little imagination, a decorative container and appropriate plants can turn a bare spot into a splash of color. Colorful containers bring life to your small spaces. Consider using a container of …

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