Category Archives: Plant Pests

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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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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Invasive Vines

Having lived in Florida the past 36 years, I’ve noticed a continuing growing presence of various vining plants including wild grape, air potato, poison ivy and poison oak, plus several ornamental vines including honeysuckle and various species of jasmine; overpowering … Continue reading

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Mistletoe

During my recent travels in Central Florida, I’ve noticed an over abundance of mistletoe growing in our trees, yet little if anything has or is being done to eradicate this pest.  Why?  If left unchecked, it can kill trees. Ancient … 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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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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