UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Preparing your landscape for storms

September 5, 2017 by Larry Williams Preventive maintenance is key to preparing for storms. Even our thunderstorms can produce thirty, forty or fifty-plus mile per hour winds. But we are also now concerned with the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall somewhere in the Southeast. So it is time to prepare our landscapes. Falling trees and flying landscape debris during ...

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Fall: Florida’s Best Gardening Season seminar & Sept. Plant Clinic

September 2, 2017 by Larry Williams Fall should be our busiest gardening season in North Florida. Many plants only do well when planted during the cooler weather of fall. Fall-planted trees and shrubs have a higher survival rate as compared to those planted in spring. Many nurseries have a better selection of trees during the cooler months. And, nurseries and garden ...

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Certified Pile Burner Course – August 30 & September 13

The Florida Forest Service (FFS) and UF/IFAS Extension Service will be conducting a Certified Pile Burners Course on Wednesday, August 30 in Milton, and Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Marianna and in Madison, FL.  (This course is also being offered in other areas of the state.  Check the website for the closest training to your location:  FFS Training Scheudule).  .  This training will be held ...

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August Landscape & Garden Event Offered by UF/IFAS Extension

August 8, 2017 Crestview, FL – Whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, beneficial insects or having a plant problem diagnosed, there are a number of gardening events happening this month through the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Okaloosa County. Plant Clinic The August plant clinic will be held Friday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Fort Walton Beach at ...

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Panhandle Outdoors LIVE Water School: Snorkel the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

July 30, 2017 Navarre, FL – Join the UF/IFAS Natural Resource Extension Agents as we explore the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary! Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9 am until 1 pm.  Register Today at https://nbsnorkel.eventbrite.com Cost is $20.00 per person, lunch is included.   The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary consists of 30 reef structures in the Gulf of Mexico just south of ...

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Small Cockroaches Flying Into Homes

July 28 2017 by Larry Williams The Asian cockroach was first identified as a newly introduced species in the U.S. in Lakeland, Florida in 1986. I started seeing this small cockroach in our area about 17 or 18 years ago. They’ve done well recently with the rains and their numbers are probably higher now as a result. They prefer warm, wet ...

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes.  These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at a number of Extension Offices across North Florida and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists.  This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm Central Time, 7-8:30 pm Eastern Time.  Each presentation will be ...

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Plant Propagation Lecture & Mini Plant Sale Wednesday July 19, 2017

by Larry Williams Many of our favorite woody shrubs and herbaceous plants can be started from cuttings. Here is an easy method that can be used to root dozens of plants at home. You’ll need the following supplies: Sharp hand pruners. Clean plastic nursery pots (1, 2 or 3 gallon size) with drain holes. Well-drained sterile media such as perlite, vermiculite ...

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Do Homework Before Planting Fruit Trees

by Larry Williams Not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce fruit in North Florida. Temperature is the most important factor determining where certain fruits can be grown. It’s the reason why apples and blueberries do not do well in South Florida. It’s also the reason why people living in the northern part of the state find it difficult to ...

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Plan Before Fertilizing a Lawn

by Les Harrison Fertilizing a lawn properly in the summer can enhance the landscape without inducing disease or harming the environment . One universal activity is seasonal lawn and landscape maintenance. While some consider it a chore, many view it as a means to enhancing their personal environment. The list of tasks are, for the most part, standard with few surprises. Raking leaves ...

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