Category Archives: Plant Pests

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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Annuals for Spring Planting

Now that warmer weather has arrived, it will soon be time to purchase new annuals for adding color to your landscape.  Before buying any new plants, make certain that they are the proper varieties for spring planting.  Click here to … 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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Planting Flowers Under Trees

In my June 2016 newsletter I responded to a question about adding plants beneath citrus trees.  My response was don’t; for the sake of potential problems, including death of the citrus tree. Since then I’ve been asked what about adding … Continue reading

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Rose Rosette Virus – An Update

Because many of you have roses, I want to give you an update on Rose Rosette Virus.  According to an article published in the April 2016 issue of Grower Talks, this virus continues to be a growing problem.  It is … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids

How many of you are familiar with Neonicotinoids?  If you haven’t, don’t feel too bad; I hadn’t either.  Recently when I purchased some annuals for my flower beds, included was a tag that identified the plant and how to care … Continue reading

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Cercospora Leaf Spot on Ligustrum

If any of you have Ligustrum (aka Privet), plants in your landscape, there’s a good chance they may have Cercospora Leaf Spot on their foliage. Symptoms to look for include irregular brown spots with yellow margins on the upper leaf … Continue reading

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