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  1. Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden — April 21, 2014
  2. Mowing Methods Make a Difference — April 21, 2014
  3. Bat protection increased during spring and summer — April 21, 2014
  4. Add This Shrub for an Edible Landscape! — April 15, 2014
  5. STOP BAGWORMS BEFORE THEY HATCH — April 15, 2014

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Growing sweet corn in the backyard garden

Corn Field. Image Credit Matthew Orwat Sweet corn is a favorite among home gardeners. As long as the space is available, it’s not difficult to grow. Corn is a new world native crop, with archaeological evidence suggesting that it was first domesticated in Mexico. This crop was the basis of the Mayan, Incan and Aztec …

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Mowing Methods Make a Difference

Captiva St. Augustinegrass Credit: Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Mowing is an important and often overlooked landscape best management practices that can increase lawn health. Most of us mowed lawns to earn some spending money as kids. As long as it was shorter when we finished than when we started our customers were happy.  Although mowing seems …

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Bat protection increased during spring and summer

As spring commences and young wildlife of all species are born, everyone’s favorite flying, furry mammal also begins roosting season. Ideally, bats will find shelter in trees, caves, abandoned buildings, and bat houses, but sometimes they end up in a home.  I receive calls often about how to best remove or exclude a group of bats …

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Add This Shrub for an Edible Landscape!

Darrow’s Blueberry with spring blooms. Photo credit Mary Derrick UF IFAS. A blueberry bush as a landscape shrub? Yes! Darrow’s blueberry, Vaccinium darrowii, is closely related to the other blueberries you know and love, but this little gem of a shrub is highly ornamental and will fit in with any landscape scheme. This compact shrub …

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STOP BAGWORMS BEFORE THEY HATCH

Bagworms on a stop sign Northwest Florida is the most southern range of the common bagworm, Thyridoptgeryx ephemeraeformis, but the majority of the plants they feed on can be found here.  Common host trees include Red Cedar, Live Oak, Maple, Elm and Pine.  Other susceptible shrubs include Indian Hawthorn, Juniper, Arborvitae, Ligustrum and Viburnum. Bagworms …

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Rethinking the Eastern Mole

How can an animal that does such much to help rid your lawn of pests be so hated by most homeowners?  Such is the life of the mole. The beneficial mammal is a soil dweller that tunnels through the soil, increasing aeration as it searches out a meal of  beetle grubs, mole crickets, and slugs.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/15/rethinking-the-eastern-mole/

Spring Clean Your Finances

  As you are clearing out clutter, sprucing up, and getting ready for summer, you also should start your financial spring cleaning by figuring out where you stand financially. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1.  Get organized. Build a personal financial filing system; get out your financial paperwork and file …

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Be Clean and Safe in the Laundry Room

Photo credit: American Cleaning Institute Are you familiar with the new single-load liquid laundry packets?  They are a convenient new laundry product which contains highly concentrated detergent in single pouches.  However, if not stored properly, the packets can pose a danger to curious young children leading to injury from ingestion or exposure to the eyes.  …

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Spring into Cleaning

Photo credit: Dorothy C. Lee Spring is officially upon us.  There are few rites of Spring more familiar than the annual Spring Cleaning.  It is easier and healthier to live in a clean, well-organized home.  Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be synonymous with drudgery, though. The key to cleaning is being organized and familiar with …

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Tomatoes at Twilight Workshop April 24

Currently, there is an heirloom tomato variety trial being conducted in a high tunnel structure at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center.  Seven heirloom tomato varieties are being evaluated, along with one hybrid variety, for early season high tunnel production in the western panhandle of Florida.  A workshop will be held to allow vegetable …

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