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
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
Proper irrigation is the first step in conditioning a lawn for drought. Many people rely on their automatic sprinkler systems to apply small amounts of water several times weekly to their lawn. This practice promotes a lawn that requires more water and one that cannot withstand drought stress.
The following is provided by Dr. Laurie Trenholm, UF/IFAS Extension Turfgrass Specialist.
To develop a deep root system, lawns should only be watered when the first signs of wilt
Many people are noticing small insects on trunks and branches of their trees. When disturbed, these insects move in a group and are commonly called tree cattle because of this herding habit. They are ľ inch brownish-black insects with white markings.
Some people assume that these insects will injury their trees but they are harmless. They could be considered beneficial.
These insects are called psocids (pronounced so-cids). They have numerous common names including tree
When we go through a dry period in spring or summer, I get those predictable calls about some mysterious pest that's playing havoc in lawns.
Without realizing it, the caller describes dry spots thinking he/she is describing a lawn pest.
These dry spots are the result of imperfections in an irrigation system. Theyíre revealed during times of inadequate rain. During times of sufficient rainfall, rain masks the irrigation systemís imperfections. There are many imperfect sprinkler
Q. Whatís the best lawn grass for North Florida?
A. There is no "best" lawn grass. Choosing a lawn grass involves selecting a grass that best fits the site conditions. Is the site shady, do you have an irrigation system, is salt spray or saltwater a factorÖ? Means of establishment comes into play: can the grass be established from seed or does it require vegetative establishment (established from sod, plugs or sprigs). Time and expense involved with maintaining the lawn should