Tag Archive: Lawns

Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Slime Mold Sporangia. Image Courtesy Matthew Orwat Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/16/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

Typical ground pearl damage to lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/10/ground-pearls-the-peril-of-local-lawns/

Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns

Tropical sod webworms have been active in local lawns during the past few weeks here in North Florida. All of our warm season turf grasses are susceptible to these pests. Sod webworms are not consistently a problem every year. Some years their numbers are low enough that they are not a problem. Some years we …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/09/03/tropical-sod-webworms-active-in-local-lawns/

Why Do People Apply Sand Over Their Lawns?

Topdressing material should be weed and nematode-free. Photo Credit: Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS Turfgrass Specialist. Q. I see some folks putting a layer of lawn dressing (usually sand) on their lawns in the spring. What’s the purpose for this and is it a good practice? A. Routinely applying a layer of soil or sand to a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/11/why-do-people-apply-sand-over-their-lawns/

February is not “Fertilizer Time” for Lawns

It Image courtesy UF / IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping It’s too early to fertilize our warm-season lawn grasses now. This includes the use of fertilizers contained in weed-and-feed products. There are a number of reasons why it’s best to wait to fertilize your lawn. First, the soil temperature is too cool for grass roots to …

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Wait Until Mid April to Fertilize North Florida Lawns

Cold injury to lawn from too early fertilizer application. Credit: Larry Williams It’s too early to fertilize our warm-season lawn grasses now. This includes the use of fertilizers contained in weed-and-feed products. There are a number of reasons why it’s best to wait to fertilize your lawn. First, the soil temperature is too cool for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/17/wait-until-mid-april-to-fertilize-north-florida-lawns/