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Lemon bacopa, a beautiful pond plant or a weed?

Bacopa caroliniana, also known as lemon bacopa, is a popular aquatic plant. It is mostly found in the southeastern United States in states such as Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi and even Texas. Lemon bacopa has a perennial life cycle that could make it a weed to some, or desired plant to others. Also, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/29/lemon-bacopa-a-beautiful-pond-plant-or-a-weed/

Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs

The cooler weather in the wintertime makes it a great time to plant trees and shrubs. That is why Arbor Day in Florida is the third Friday in January. In 2016, that event is January 15. Baldcypress growing at the edge of a pond. Photo: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Start your planning now with doing a site assessment …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/04/time-to-plant-trees-shrubs/

A Plant Favorite Comes South

A visit to a nursery and homeowners will see so many new selections of plants for the landscape. Some of these plants are new plant developments and may include plants we could not previously grow in Florida’s heat and humidity. One new plant series is the Southgate® Rhododendrons. Anyone from more northern areas of the South …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/04/a-plant-favorite-comes-south/

Plant Combinations for Fall Gardens

You may have heard “group plants with similar needs together” but struggled to come up with some combinations that work. The most important things to consider when creating functional garden space is the cultural needs of the plants you want to combine. Sunlight, water, and fertilizer needs should be very similar when planting multiple plants …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/24/plant-combinations-for-fall-gardens/

Time to Plant Strawberries

Photo Credit: UF/IFAS It’s time to bed up some earth and plant strawberries! That right! Fall is the proper time to set out strawberry plants for a spring harvest. It is a common misconception that strawberries should be planted in the spring in the home garden. If planted in spring, such poor timing will result in a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/15/time-to-plant-strawberries/

Beating Pests with Plant Chemicals

It would seem that landscapes are filled with pests ready to devour our favorite plants. We can often see evidence of pest damage in the form of leaf curls, stippled leaves, or chewed holes in foliage. How do plants survive with all the pest threats without intervention from people? Many plants have their own alert …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/26/beating-pests-with-plant-chemicals/

Dodder: Vampire Plant or Nature’s Own Genetic Modification Organism?

Dodder vines covering an oak seedling. The vines always wrap counterclockwise.Photo Credit: Jed Dillard Vampires of all types and genetic modifications are hot topics these days, and a common, but uncommon looking and acting Florida weed may have combined the two subjects. Dodder, a native invasive, parasitic plant, reproduces by seed but does not have enough …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/10/dodder-vampire-plant-or-natures-own-genetic-modification-organism/

What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!

Rain gardens are an easy way to return water to our aquifer, reduce erosion, and help prevent stormwater runoff. Running down the driveway or patio, rainwater can pick up lawn chemicals and pesticides. A rain garden is basically a low section of the landscape planted with native plants that like to get their “feet” wet. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/14/what-to-do-with-all-this-rain-plant-a-rain-garden/

Start the Year Off Right — Plant a Tree!

Planting a tree is an excellent way to insure clean air and water in the future. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson Most of us begin a new year with resolutions–to exercise more, to eat right, to spend our time more productively–but few things have as many lasting impacts for the future as the simple act of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/13/start-the-year-off-right-plant-a-tree/

Time to Start Scouting Cotton for Plant Bugs

Tarnished Plant Bug. Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org Our oldest planted cotton has started squaring and it’s time to start scouting fields for plant bugs. For the past several years the tarnished plant bug has been ranked nationally as the number one cotton insect pest in terms of yield losses. This has …

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Permanent link to this article: http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/06/13/time-to-start-scouting-cotton-for-plant-bugs/

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