Category Archives: Lawn Care

Spring Gardening Activities

Insects –  As our temperature gets warmer, you should begin noticing a number of insect pests, including Chilly Thrips, which attack new growth, including flowers and leaves, especially on roses and gardenias.  While most insecticides are ineffective on this pest, … Continue reading

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Lawn Insects

Here in Central Florida we have a number of insect pests that attack our lawns, which include:  fire ants, grubs, mole crickets, chinch bugs, fall army worms, and tropical sod web worms.  If you see any areas where the lawn … Continue reading

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Coping With Our Summer Weather

1.  Plant Watering –   If you have lived in Central Florida for several years, you probably have come to realize that our summer rainfall can be either a boom or a bust.  If you’ve been lucky enough to receive … Continue reading

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Gardening This and That

In the December 2014 issue of Turf Magazine, I came across some items that may be of interest to you: Weed control – Instead of using dangerous pesticides to kill weeds, a new technique has emerged, which kills weeds by … Continue reading

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Crabgrass

Recently I’ve received several calls from concerned homeowners regarding what to do to control the dreaded crabgrass that’s been showing up in their yards.  I can still remember what one of my former instructors said they could do – “move, … 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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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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Winter Lawns

Lately I’ve received several requests from homeowners for information on overseeding their lawns with winter rye grass seed.  My reply to these individuals was why?  Because we have warm season turf varieties, as the weather turns cooler, our lawns (except … Continue reading

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Lawn Care Issues

Have you noticed any light green yellowing areas in your lawn?  If so, this usually indicated a need for fertilizer, especially one containing iron.  Apply a slow (controlled) release fertilizer and water in following application. Soil insects are still with … Continue reading

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Pest Update

A few days ago I posted on my blog an update on pest problems in our area; now there’s more to be concerned about, including: Lawn Pests – Brown Patch – Look for distinct circular patches of yellow-brown colored turf … Continue reading

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