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Considerations for the Commercial Nursery
By: Thomas H. Yeager
Operators of hurricane-damaged nurseries are faced with the
task of re-establishing physical resources such as buildings,
plant inventory and equipment as well as considerations regarding
future fiscal or business decisions. They must evaluate their
own situation and quickly decide on long- and short-term priorities...READ
Hurricane-Damaged Home Landscape Plants
By: Robert J. Black
Hurricane-damaged plants should be cared for as soon as possible
after the storm. Small trees and shrubs, particularly those
uprooted or damaged, should be securely staked in their original
growing positions. Until the tree or shrub is reset, make
every effort to protect the exposed root system and prevent
it from drying out... READ
For Citrus Groves
By: Robert E. Rouse
It is best to devise a hurricane plan and use it to make
preparations far before the June to mid-October hurricane
season. Although hurricanes can strike at any time during
that period, they are most likely to occur in August and September... READ
WETLANDS AND WILDLIFE HABITAT TO FLOWERBEDS AND FRONT YARDS
By: Sylvia K. Beauchamp, UF/IFAS Educational Media &
Cypress mulch, commonly considered the "Cadillac" of mulches,
is widely used in professional landscaping plans and the yards
of Florida homeowners. But at what price? READ
Mulches: How Long They Retain Their Color?
By: Mary L. Duryea
Landscape mulches contribute to the beauty of Florida's urban
gardens and landscapes. The contrasting color of the mulch
compared to the plants contributes to a natural yet neat appearance.
Yet, in addition to beauty, mulches provide a number of other
benefits. Mulches are known to buffer soil temperature, prevent
water loss from evaporation, and control weeds. These advantages
along with the attractiveness of mulch have resulted in a
variety of mulches available for the gardener and landscaper.
Mulches: How Quickly Do They Settle?
By: Mary L. Duryea
Mulches are an increasingly important part of the Florida
urban landscape. Mulches are also known to buffer soil temperature,
prevent water loss from evaporation, and reduce erosion. Weed
control either by inhibiting weed germination or suppressing
weed growth is another benefit of mulches. These advantages
and the increasing interest in mulching have resulted in a
wide array of mulches available for the gardener and landscaper.
Mulches: Will Subterranean Termites Consume Them?
By: Mary L. Duryea
Subterranean termites occur throughout the temperate and
tropical regions of the world and cause the majority of damage
to wood in use (Moore 1979; Anonymous 1997). They live in
the soil in colonies which can number up to 1 million workers
and soldiers. In nature, their role as decomposers of dead
and fallen trees is a valuable one. However, termites also
consume wood in service, and so there is great interest and
concern over their threat to wooden buildings and structures.
Effect of Organic
and Inorganic Landscape Mulches on Subterranean termites
By: Catherine E. Long, Barbara L. Thorne, Nancy L.
Breisch, Larry W. Douglass, Department of Entomology, University
This research investigated whether organic and inorganic
landscape mulches, which buffer soils against temperature
extremes and desiccation, create conditions conducive
to subterranean foraging by reticulitermes virginicus
(Banks). In the field, termite activity was measured
with cardboard monitors placed beneath and within plots of
Eucalyptus, hardwood, pine bark, and pea gravel mulches, and
bare ground (Control)... READ
Management Evaluation of
Melaleuca is an areawide program that involves several public
agencies. It is administered by the USDA/ARS and the SFWMD. Melaleuca,
also known as punk tree, paperbark tree, or cajeput, is a
nuisance plant in South Florida. READ
PLANTS ONLINE. This website features a directory of information
sources on the internet about Florida's plant life and environment.
Advantages vs. Disadvantages
By: Peggy Musial/ Orlando Sentinel
Cover all the bases when choosing right mulch! If you're
one who says mulch is just mulch, no matter what you lay on
the ground, think again. With the proliferation of mulch choices
on the market, consider these facts about organic and inorganic
products before you buy. READ
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