Tag Archive: Reduce

Maintain Your Septic System to Save Money and Reduce Water Pollution

One third of homes in Florida rely on septic systems, or onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), to treat and dispose of household wastewater, which includes wastewater from bathrooms, kitchen sinks and laundry machines. When properly maintained, septic systems can last 25-30 years, and maintenance costs are relatively low. A conventional residential septic tank …

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Planning ahead can reduce home and landscape damage

Even large, healthy oaks may fall during a tornado. Photo credit: northescambia.com When we think of bad weather in Florida, hurricanes are typically the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, Florida is 4th in the nation in tornado frequency—and when adjusted for frequency per square mile, we are actually number 1. Residents of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/02/planning-ahead-can-reduce-home-and-landscape-damage/

Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs

Researchers at Auburn University have conducted research trials feeding cow-calf pairs and stocker calves on stockpiled Tifton 85 Bermudagrass at the Wiregrass Research and Education Center in Headland, Alabama.  This photo was taken on December 9, 2015 before the temporary electric fenced was moved over to allow access to fresh grazing.  Notice that the heifers …

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Dogfennel: Ugly Pasture Weeds that Reduce Bahia Production

Dogfennel will decrease forage production. Photo credit: John Atkins Dogfennel is one of the most commonly occurring pasture weeds in Florida. University of Florida Weed Specialists, Brent. Sellers and Jay. Ferrel developed a publication specifically to address this troublesome pasture weed.  Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) is an aggressive native perennial found throughout much of the Southeast. …

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Tips to Reduce Spending

“Oh where does all my money go?” Do you need help managing your finances so that your family can realize more of their needs and wants?  Family members of all ages must learn to communicate and understand what their financial situation is.  Open discussions among family members often results in greater cooperation when deciding what …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/11/tips-to-reduce-spending/

Reduce Maintenance and Improve Palm Health!

Over-pruning. Photo credit: JB McConnell, UF/IFAS Many people picture sugar sand beaches, emerald green water, and gorgeous palm trees swaying in the breeze when they think about visiting or moving to Florida. The panhandle offers the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and sugar sand beaches, but sometimes its palms look a bit deficient. Why is that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/02/reduce-maintenance-and-improve-palm-health/

Don’t Let Low Fertility Reduce Bermudagrass Potential

Hay barns like this one in Washington County are starting to fill  up again. Fertility management is key to making sure that happens.  Photo credit:  Mark Mauldin It’s mid-summer, rain fall has been adequate, and hay barns are starting to fill up across the Panhandle. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit several Bermudagrass hayfields …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/26/dont-let-low-fertility-reduce-bermudagrass-potential/

Shade Trees Reduce Energy Use

Rob Trawick County Agent – Horticulture Jackson County rob.trawick@ufl.edu The heat is on, and we can expect daytime highs around 90 or above and nighttime lows in the 70s from now until September. As the days get longer and the sunlight grows more intense, our home air conditioning systems work harder and harder to keep …

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Permanent link to this article: http://washington.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/07/16/shade-trees-reduce-energy-use/