Author Archives: AskthePlantMaster

About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!

More Thoughts on Summer Gardening

In my last posting, I discussed primarily how to cope with hot, humid weather as part of my suggested summer gardening tasks. I’d like to conclude this topic by discussing a few other suggestions: 1. Flowering Plants – As flowers … Continue reading

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Gardening during hot weather

Summer is upon us and you know what that means here in Central Florida – hot, humid weather. As we age, we sometimes think we’re invincible and can do anything we want for as long as we want, but that’s … Continue reading

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Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

As if we don’t already have enough pest problems to be concerned about, Texas A&M University researchers have identified a new one – Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. First noticed in Texas in 2004, it has since been identified in Arkansas, … Continue reading

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Pest Alert – Sod Webworms

Sod webworms have started showing up in people’s lawns – earlier than usual. Be on the lookout for small beige colored moths flying just above the surface of your lawn. They typically appear in the late afternoon, or early evening. … Continue reading

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Summer Issues – Weather and Pests

Have you been fortunate enough to get some much needed rain this week? We did today, but not very much – our first rain in more than 3 weeks. Hopefully you’ve fared better than I. Prior to today’s brief shower, … Continue reading

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Continuing Pest Problems

As in my last posting, pests continue to be a problem – not just insects, but also weeds. While driving around Central Florida recently, I noticed that many homeowners had numerous broadleaf weeds either flowering or developing seed heads, not … Continue reading

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Pest control suggestions for grasshoppers, scale, spider mites, and aphids.

To begin with, I wish to apologize for the delays in posting new blogs. Since my last posting I have been extremely busy, especially with Master Gardener work, which has included bi-weekly talks at DeBary Hall, (call 386-668-3840 to learn … Continue reading

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Scale Insects

  The longer I live in Florida, the more I’ve become aware of the growing problem of scale insects.  Would you believe that there are more than 7,500 species of these parasites, and most homeowners don’t even know they exist … Continue reading

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Fire Ants

  In the May 2013 issue of Total Landscape Care – Imported Fire Ant populations in Texas and the southern coasts of the U.S. appear to be declining.  However, they are being replaced by two new exotic invasive pests called … Continue reading

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Pest Alert – Harlequin Ladybird

  In the latest Journal Science, German researchers have discovered that the Harlequin Ladybird – a bright red ladybug that was used to control numerous insect pests in commercial greenhouse operations – has been found to harbor a single-celled fungus … Continue reading

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