Category Archives: Trees

Dieback of Slash Pines

It was recently brought to my attention that slash pines are suddenly dying in Central Florida, particularly among some of Orange County Expressway buffers.  Closer inspection of these dying trees, which retained their brown needles, showed numerous cankers (wounds) along … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Summer Gardening

In my last posting, I discussed primarily how to cope with hot, humid weather as part of my suggested summer gardening tasks. I’d like to conclude this topic by discussing a few other suggestions: 1. Flowering Plants – As flowers … Continue reading

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Oak Galls

Many of you have reported finding small gall-like structures on some of your oak leaves.  What to do…spraying with a pesticide won’t help as this problem occurred several months ago as new leaves developed.  At that time a small fly-like … Continue reading

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Sago Palm Scale (aka Aulacaspis Scale)

For those of you who may have sago palms planted in your landscape, have you checked them lately for this dreaded pest, which if left alone, will kill you plant?  These plants need to be inspected regularly, especially now that … Continue reading

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Extend Blooming of Crape Myrtles

I recently received a call from a friend asking if it was possible to extend blooming of crape Myrtle trees.  I replied with a yes.  All you need to do is simply remove spent flowers as soon as they finishing … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season is upon us

Hurricane Season – The season will soon be upon us.  Are your ready?  If not, I’s suggest if your trees haven’t been pruned for some time, it might be worth your while to have them checked by a certified arborist … Continue reading

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Crape Myrtle Care During the Florida Summer

Crape Myrtles – They begin to bloom in summer, especially Natches, which has white flowers.  Soon you’ll be seeing light lavender blooms on Muscogee Crape Myrtles and coral blooms on Tuscarora Crape Myrtles.  As the blooms begin to fade, you … Continue reading

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