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
Gardeners can get a jump on the spring season by doing some things during the winter. In fact, some practices are best done at this time of year.
Apply a spray of horticultural oil emulsion to dormant fruit trees. This is a relatively non-toxic method of controlling overwintering pests such as scale insects. Gardeners who grow peaches, plums and nectarines should not leave out this spray application. Itís necessary on these pest-sensitive fruits to control white peach and other scale