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The Neighborhood Gardener – February

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Helping Your Lawn Survive the Chill

Living in Florida, we don't generally think about losing our lawns to freezing temperatures. This spring however, some homeowners may find themselves needing to replace portions of their lawn, due to some unusually cold weather this winter. We have a few tips on helping your lawn survive cold weather, and what to do if it does get damaged. More

Leon County 9/11 Firefighter Memorial Garden

Leon County 9-11 memorial gardenWith help from the Tallahassee Fire Department, the Leon County Master Gardener volunteers established the 9/11 Firefighter Memorial Garden. It is a living tribute to the 343 firefighters who perished while responding to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. It also serves as demonstration garden for the Leon County Extension Office, focusing on the 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Principles. More

Plant of the Month: Needle Palm

needle palmNeedle palm is a native plant that can work well in home landscapes throughout Florida. Its lustrous, evergreen leaves make it a great accent plant, adding textural interest beneath new or established trees. More

February in Your Garden

Now is a good time to check citrus trees for scab disease. Apply a copper fungicide when new leaves appear and again when two-thirds of the flower blossoms have fallen. Apply a preemergence weed killer to lawns this month to prevent germination of warm season weed seeds. Timing is important for good control.

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More

Friend or Foe? Foe: Cockroaches

Cockroaches are pests throughout the United States. They're annoying and when abundant, they are also destructive. Cockroaches, also known as waterbugs, croton bugs, or palmetto bugs, destroy food and damage fabrics, book bindings, and other materials. Some people are allergic to cockroaches and become ill. More

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