Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
Cold damage is inevitable when growing tropical palms in North Florida. Drs. Monica Elliott and Tim Broschat from the University of Florida provide the following tips on how to cope with cold injured palms.
Wait to remove injured palm leaves that still have any green tissue remaining. The damaged leaves may help the palm survive future cold events this winter. Once the palm has produced 2 to 3 new leaves, damaged leaves can be removed.
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Recent freezes have resulted in many people questioning whether to prune or not to prune cold damaged plants. The short answer is - wait.
We’ve just had a long run of freezing temperatures. But winter’s not over. Our winter temperatures go back and forth all season – one week it’s winter, the next week we think spring has sprung and then winter decides to pay us a visit again. This “on” and “off” with mild temperatures and cold temperatures is typical here in Northwest Florida.
Recent freezes resulted in cold damage to some local citrus trees.
Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident. What appears to be damage will not always be permanent. Never be in a hurry to remove cold injured tissue from a citrus tree. Citrus, especially Satsuma, can be very resilient and will often resprout on injured tissue. Pruning before this can happen can remove fruit producing branches.
Leaves on a freeze-damaged citrus tree will be hard and
If you have ever considered planting a spring vegetable garden, attend a 4-week series to learn all you need to get started. This workshop series, titled “Spring into Vegetable Gardening,” will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. starting January 14th and concluding on February 4th. The cost is $30 per person or $45 per couple and includes numerous handouts. Registration is online at: http://spring-into-vegetable-gardeni...eventbrite.com
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Tree trimmers, contracted by electrical utility companies, have been removing trees, branches and vegetation that are too close to power lines. Many homeowners are concerned over this practice.
Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Extension Commercial Horticulture Agent in Okaloosa County, offers insight into this practice in today’s article.
To prevent power outages, the federally