Category Archives: Trees

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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Mimosa – A Tree to Avoid

Perhaps you have noticed a tree with fragrant pink/white pom-pom like blossoms with fern like foliage growing in your area.  You may have even thought about adding one to your landscape – Don’t!  Read on….. Mimosa trees thrive in full … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Trees for the Hurricane Season

Trees provide us with many things, and often we take them for granted.  We think that they will live forever.  We will over the years become attached to our trees, and whenever we loose them, we experience an emotional let … 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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Sago Palm Pups

Summer is almost here, and if you have a sago palm, as many of us do, you’ve probably noticed new growth known as”pups” developing around their base.  If you would like more plants, now is the time to remove these … 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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Golden Rain Tree

Lately I and other Master Gardeners have received numerous calls about a tree that residents have seen lately, which had bright yellow flowers a short while ago, and now have developed into 2″ pinkish seed capsules.  What is it they … Continue reading

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