Category Archives: Insects

Bugs and creepy crawlies

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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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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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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Holiday Plants

Holiday plants, which include poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Kalanchoe, Cyclamen, and spring bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and amaryllis (which have been forced to bloom now), and others, are great to receive or give to someone. However, how many … Continue reading

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Black Twig Borer on Red Maples

For those of you who have red maples in your landscape, be on the lookout for this pest.  Symptoms include numerous brown areas within the canopy, which later fall off.  These are caused when the adult borer lays eggs within … Continue reading

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Air Potato

I want to introduce to you an evasive plant which is a noxious, herbaceous, twining, branching, vine with 8″ + heart shaped leaves that can attain heights of 60′ or more. It can climb over, smother and displace both native … Continue reading

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