Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida

Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.

Contact:
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
E-mail: lwilliams@co.okaloosa.fl.us

  1. Common diagnostic services offered through Extension Office

    by , 08-19-2013 at 09:01 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)


    The first step in solving a problem is identifying the problem. Diagnosing plant problems in the landscape/garden can be difficult and costly when guessing. In some situations, sending a sample to a diagnostic laboratory may be helpful in solving the problem.

    Three frequently used diagnostic services available through the UF/IFAS County Extension Service are the Soil Testing
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  2. Rains promote fungus in St. Augustinegrass

    by , 08-19-2013 at 09:00 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)


    Gray leaf spot is a common fungal disease of St. Augustinegrass. Recent wet conditions have promoted this disease. This includes high humidity, heavy dews and particularly frequent afternoon and evening rains.

    The individual spots or lesions are first seen as tiny brownish spots smaller than a pinhead. As they become larger, they will be circular and then begin to elongate lengthwise
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  3. Controlling the Asian cockroach in Florida

    by , 07-15-2013 at 08:14 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    When people first see Asian cockroaches they may think they are seeing little flying moths. Or they may believe they are seeing German cockroaches because the two species look similar but there are differences, particularly in behavior.

    In appearance, both German and Asian cockroach adults are about 5/8 inch long and are brown in color with two darker parallel bands running lengthwise behind their head. But unlike German cockroaches, Asian cockroaches are strong fliers with sustained
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  4. Keys to chinch bug control include good lawn management

    by , 07-15-2013 at 08:13 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    Chinch bugs are common pests of St. Augustinegrass. One of your best weapons in battling this insect is good lawn management.

    These little bugs like St. Augustinegrass and hot, dry weather. Periods of drought can encourage chinch bug attack. Irrigating to keep the lawn healthy but not growing excessively is one key to discourage chinch bug invasion. Recently weíve received plenty of rain. But if we go through a dry period in summer or fall, watch for chinch bugs in St. Augustinegrass.
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  5. Donít cut corners when renovating lawn

    by , 06-27-2013 at 09:07 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)

    Cutting corners during lawn renovation usually results in poor turf establishment and long-term lawn maintenance problems.

    Occasionally it is necessary to renovate a lawn or replant sections of a lawn. When replanting a lawn, it is best to not cut corners - you'll usually pay for it in the long run. One of the most important factors is to prepare a good planting bed when renovating a lawn.

    It doesn't matter if you intend to re-sod, re-sprig or reseed; you need
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