Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida

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

  1. Dealing with lawn insect pests in north Florida

    by , 05-15-2012 at 02:56 PM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    Even though mole crickets may injure any of the lawn grasses we grow in Florida, Bermuda, bahia and centipede are most severely damaged. Mole crickets are active in North Florida spring through fall. The best window of opportunity to control them is June and July.

    Soap flush is a technique to check for mole crickets. Mix 2 ounces of liquid dishwashing soap in 2 gallons of water and apply with a sprinkling can to 4 square feet of turf in several areas where mole crickets are suspected.
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  2. Do you fertilize your lawn too early?

    by , 02-21-2011 at 12:15 PM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    In addition to fertilizing too early, many homeowners are missing the basics when fertilizing their Florida lawn. Incorrect fertilization can eventually cost you money and your lawn.

    In North Florida, your first lawn fertilization for the year should not be until mid April, or even a little later. This allows for the soil in the root area to adequately warm for the most efficient use of the fertilizer. Fertilizing while the root area is too cold, wastes fertilizer and may injure your ...
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  3. Some seasonal leaf change is normal

    by , 12-14-2010 at 10:39 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)
    Most people expect to see changes in leaf color in deciduous trees and shrubs during the fall. But every year people call our office concerned when the leaves on certain evergreen plants begin to turn yellow with the change in the seasons. For many plants this is normal.

    For example, azaleas may lose a few leaves now. These are the older leaves on the branches near the center of the plant. There is no need for alarm by the loss of a few older azalea leaves from now until spring.