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Spend Smarter This Holiday Season

By adopting a few smart spending strategies, you can help avoid overspending and decrease holiday stress. (UF/IFAS File Photo) It’s that time again – the most wonderful time of the year!  For many of us, though, it can be a time of stress, frustration, and financial uncertainty as we drive ourselves past our limits to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/11/18/spend-smarter-this-holiday-season/

Annual Bedding Plants This Time of Year?

Yes, even with cool weather setting in, much can be done on the flower gardening front. Let’s kickoff 2017 by being the envy of the neighborhood with flower beds that are rich and vibrant in color. Figure 1: Bedding Annuals.Credit: Sydney Park Brown, UF/IFAS. Annual bedding plants are plentiful in variety and come in an …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/11/annual-bedding-plants-this-time-of-year/

Check Serpentine Belts this Winter to Prevent Growing Season Breakdowns

Photo- Les Harrison Serpentine belts are a critical component in connection of the cooling system, air conditioning system, charging system, and engine. This belt, which snakes around the outside of the engine, serves a crucial role in functional operations of many types of motorized farm equipment.  The serpentine belt transmits power effectively and efficiently from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/28/check-serpentine-belts-this-winter-to-prevent-growing-season-breakdowns/

What Plant is This?

Winter flowers and small leaves with serrated edges lead to identification as Camellia sasanqua. Photo: J_McConnell, UF/IFAS A common diagnostic service offered at your local UF/IFAS Extension office is plant identification. Whether you need a persistent weed identified so you can implement a management program or you need to identify an ornamental plant and get …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/18/what-plant-is-this/

Persimmon Problems this Fall

  Japanese persimmons are a real treat in the Fall, and for those who enjoy growing fruit, they are a relatively problem free option.  The tree can reach 30 feet tall, if planted in full sun and well drained soils that receive ample moisture.  The orange-yellow fruit really makes a great show in the Fall. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/28/persimmon-problems-this-fall/

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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Scary Things are Happening in Our Landscapes this Halloween

Saddleback Caterpillar – Image Credit Matthew Orwat The reality of what happens deep down in the darkness of a fire ant mound hidden to human eyes or in the tunnels of a mole cricket where only creepy crawly things dare to enter may be too scary to believe.  University of Florida Institute of Food and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/10/27/scary-things-are-happening-in-our-landscapes-this-halloween/

Salvaging Winter Forage Production this Year

Figure 1. Nitrogen deficient triticale forage. Notice older leaves are yellow and stems have a purple cast. Photo credit: Cheryl Mackowiak Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS NFREC Soils Specialist Cool-season forages took a hit this year from challenging growing conditions. Summer extended into winter, so perennial summer grasses remained competitive with the cool-season forage plantings all the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/18/salvaging-winter-forage-production-this-year/

Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

It’s the season to be jolly, but for many of us it’s the season to be overstressed as well. If getting ready for the Holidays is beginning to feel like a full-time job, start rethinking your holiday plans and consider streamlining, or even scaling back, some of your activities. Following are some holiday survival tips that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/27/give-yourself-the-gift-of-time-this-holiday-season/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/04/evaluate-and-enjoy-your-landscape-this-fall/

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