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Consider a Native Evergreen This Christmas

Throughout history the evergreen tree has been a symbol of life. “Not only green when summer’s here, but also when it’s cold and dreary” as the Christmas carol “O Tannenbaum” says.  While supporting the cut Christmas tree industry does create jobs and puts money into local economics, every few years consider adding to the urban …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/12/06/consider-a-native-evergreen-this-christmas/

Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

It’s the season to be jolly, but for many of us it’s the season to be overstressed as well. If getting ready for the Holidays is beginning to feel like a full-time job, start rethinking your holiday plans and consider streamlining, or even scaling back, some of your activities. Following are some holiday survival tips that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/11/27/give-yourself-the-gift-of-time-this-holiday-season/

Beat the Heat this Summer – Stay Hydrated for Health

Stay hydrated to beat the heat! Summer is in full swing and our part of the country is very hot.  When the temperature rises, proper hydration is extra important. You need to provide your body with the fluid that it needs to stay healthy. Water regulates many different body processes, including body temperature, digestion, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/31/beat-the-heat-this-summer-stay-hydrated-for-health/

What Caused the Fish Kill Along the Florida Panhandle This Week?

  This past week hundreds of dead fish washed ashore between Escambia and Okaloosa counties. Most were of one species but there were others who died and it appeared they had been in the water for quite a while. Determining the cause of fish kill can be tricky. You can observe how many different species were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/20/what-caused-the-fish-kill-along-the-florida-panhandle-this-week/

New EDIS Fact Sheets added this Spring

The University of Florida IFAS Extension offers a database of fact sheets available for free download on the Internet called EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source) that has many publications of interest to farmers and ranchers in Northwest Florida. Each fact sheet has a PDF or printer friendly link in the top left corner. The following are just a few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/09/new-edis-fact-sheets-added-this-spring/

Blueberries Likely Early This Year – What You Need To Know To Keep Them Happy

In all North Florida Counties, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and fresh blueberries seem to be a staple. This is because there are many home gardeners are able to consistently grow a top quality product. This year blueberries are very large already on plants throughout the panhandle! The increased size may be indicating earlier maturity than in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/21/blueberries-likely-early-this-year-what-you-need-to-know-to-keep-them-happy/

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://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/14/what-to-do-with-all-this-rain-plant-a-rain-garden/

Encore® Azaleas – Add One More This Spring

Nothing signals spring in the south like the reds, pinks and whites of azaleas in full bloom. Nearly every yard has one. For two weeks out of the year there are flowers everywhere. But the glory fades fast. That was, until the late 90’s. Twenty-eight Encore® azaleas have been released since 1998. Robert E “Buddy” Lee, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/03/encore-azaleas-add-one-more-this-spring/

Wood ducks could use your help this time of year

Wood ducks are one of the most colorful ducks in North America. Breeding males showcase an unbelievable combination of colors including a red bill and eyes, a metallic purplish-green crested head, black cheeks with thick white stripes, a maroon chest and rump, black and blue wings, dark yellow sides, and a white belly. The drab …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/30/wood-ducks-could-use-your-help-this-time-of-year/

Scout Pastures for Toxic Perilla Mint this Fall

Perilla mint in a pasture in Jackson County. Photo credit: Doug Mayo Documented distribution of perilla mint in Florida. Source: Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants. Perilla mint (perilla frutescnes) aka Beefstakeplant is a toxic weed that typically grows in shady, to partially shaded areas, damp spots, woodland edges, and  fence-lines of pastures in the Southeast. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/09/scout-pastures-for-toxic-perilla-mint-this-fall/

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