UF Ext. Service for Okaloosa County

Ground Pearls, the Peril of Local Lawns

June 6, 2017 by Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small scale insects that bother lawn grass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they are quite the problem here in our North ...

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Green Industries Best Management Practices

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Okaloosa Extension 3098 Airport Rd. Crestview, FL 32539 Cost: $30.00 To register contact: Sheila Dunning sdunning@ufl.edu  (850) 689-5850 Educational Program Workshop This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. The Best Management Practices are focused on reducing ...

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Pasture Management

Okaloosa and Walton Counties are offering a class on managing pastures for hay and grazing. See the flyer below for more details!

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Multiple Locations to Get Lawn, Landscape and Garden Help

May 22, 2017 by Larry Williams The University of Florida has offices in all 67 Florida Counties. These Extension offices are part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and they offer you the “front door” to UF experts. UF/IFAS Extension in Okaloosa County now offers assistance to citizens with lawn, landscape and garden questions at ...

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Container Gardening Lecture & Mini Plant Sale

May 15, 2017 by Larry Williams A little imagination, a decorative container and appropriate plants can turn a bare spot into a splash of color. Consider using a container of annuals to add color to a backyard deck or a paved entrance way. Or what about that area under the tree where grass doesn’t want to grow and where it ...

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Benefit from Beneficial Insects

by Larry Williams A number of summers ago, I noticed whiteflies on a confederate rose plant in my landscape. I considered using an insecticide to control the whiteflies but decided against doing so after taking a closer look. What I found was a population of ladybugs – eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. Ladybug adults and larvae eat whiteflies, as well as ...

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Organo-Auxin Herbicides

By Jennifer Bearden Regardless of whether you are a homeowner, land manager or farmer; when you spray an herbicide, you are a pesticide applicator and must follow certain rules.  One of them is the Florida Organo-Auxin Herbicide Rule 5E-2.033.  Organo-auxin herbicides are very volatile and can drift onto off-target plants if not managed properly.  Tomato plants are especially sensitive to ...

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Monitor for Mole Crickets in Lawns

by Larry Williams Many people treat their lawn with an insecticide when they see mole crickets in the spring or at the first sign of a brown area in their lawn. What they don’t understand is the biology of this pest. Mole crickets spend the winter as adults in the soil. As temperatures warm in late February and March, adult ...

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Warm Season Wildlife Food Plots (with audio)

March 20, 2017 by Jennifer Bearden There are many ways to improve white-tailed deer habitat.  One of those ways is planting agricultural crops in food plots.  Food plots are only one component of deer habitat management.  Other components include prescribed fire, thinning pines, and promote diversity of trees, shrubs, and grasses.  Food plots are used as either attractants or supplemental ...

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Not Every Insect Needs to be Killed

March 17, 2017 by Larry Williams Be careful to not overuse pesticides. Pesticides are good tools when used properly. But overuse of pesticides in our lawns, landscapes and gardens can result in a number of problems. Insects can become resistant to insecticides when a product is repeatedly used. Because many insect species reproduce rapidly, having many generations per year, a ...

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