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
Are you dissatisfied with your centipedegrass lawn this spring? Do you have dead areas within your lawn that failed to turn green or areas that are weak, open and thinning with intermingled yellow grass blades? If so, you’re dealing with a very common problem. It’s called centipedegrass decline.
This condition involves a complex of incorrect management practices and sometimes involves nematodes (microscopic worms in the root area), ground pearls (scale-like insects in the root area)
I’ve seen people use herbicides to control weeds in an old, declining lawn. Then, with all the weeds gone, the lawn’s owner suddenly realized that he or she had no lawn left.
Sometimes the best solution is to start over. Many older, thinning, declining, weedy lawns need to be reestablished. As lawns decline and thin, the weeds move in. When you reach the point where there is less than sixty percent desirable cover, reestablishment should be considered.
In the process
If you’ve experienced difficulties in growing tomatoes in Florida, you’re not alone. If you plan to grow tomatoes this year, you may want to attend one of three seminars titled “How to Grow Tomatoes in Florida” offered by the University of Florida Extension Service.
We are offering three seminars: one in Okaloosa County and two in Walton County. The first seminar will be on Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 5479 Old Bethel Road in Crestview.
Q. I received beautiful tulips this Valentine's Day. The blooms are now gone and I would like to know how to care for the bulbs? When should they be planted? I would love to try to have them bloom again next spring.
A. Tulips are treated or grown as annuals in Florida. We have two problems with successfully growing tulips this far south. First, they do not receive enough cold weather to meet their requirements to bloom. Secondly, it gets hot quick enough in the spring to cause the
Before the next lawn growing season begins, you’d be wise to know the following.
Know square footage of your lawn. Most people overdo it when fertilizing their lawn as a result of not knowing the size of their lawn. Fertilizer and lawn pesticides, including herbicides, are applied based on square footage. Take time to accurately measure your lawn, record and save the measurement before spring. Doing so will allow you to purchase and use the correct amount of fertilizer and pesticides.