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  1. Why did they cut my trees?

    by , 08-19-2013 at 09:02 AM (Lawn & Garden Advice for Northwest Florida)


    Tree trimmers, contracted by electrical utility companies, have been removing trees, branches and vegetation that are too close to power lines. Many homeowners are concerned over this practice.

    Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Extension Commercial Horticulture Agent in Okaloosa County, offers insight into this practice in todayís article.

    To prevent power outages, the federally
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Notes from Niceville - David Letterman, sewage spills and Hollywood

    It was raining the last time I posted here and now, a month later, it is still raining. I donít like long periods of rain but when it does rain like this I stay in a good state of mind by reminding myself how much worse it would be for me if I liked to golf.

    Sorry for not posting sooner but I was out of town visiting with some kin folk and then picked up a bug or something and was not feeling up to it. Much better now, thanks.

    For those of you not here in Niceville let
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  5. 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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