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The Grass is Getting “Hungry”

(UF/IFAS photo Thomas Wright) Northwest Florida’s weather patterns can present challenges to maintaining a health lawn. Heavy rains promote fast growth and relentless sunshine causes lawns to fade.  In the last 200 days we have received at least 68 days of rain.  While the rest of Florida was experiencing record drought, the Panhandle was experiencing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/21/the-grass-is-getting-hungry/

A Florida Native; Tape Grass

Article by Gadsden County Extension Agent DJ Zadarreyal   Vallisneria americana, also known as tape grass or eel grass, is a common native aquatic weed in the state of Florida. Tape grass has tall, grass-like leaves that are a light green in coloration and rise vertically from the crown to the top of the water. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/09/a-florida-native-tape-grass/

Fall Color with Muhly Grass

As September rolls into October and we finally experience cooler temperatures, I always look forward to seeing one of my favorite native grasses in full bloom. Muhlenbergia capillaris, or Muhly grass, is an extremely versatile plant in the home landscape. It is both flood and drought tolerant and easy to maintain. A true local, it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/23/fall-color-with-muhly-grass/

Why Is My Grass Dying Again?

“We have replaced this grass several times over the past few years; and it’s dying again.”  I have heard this complaint too many times this summer.  Last summer’s heavy rain, the stress of January’s icy weather, and this year’s extended summer have contributed to widespread outbreaks of Take-All Root Rot, a soil-inhabiting fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis. Symptoms …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/16/why-is-my-grass-dying-again/

Native Grass for Moist Soils

Native plants can more readily be found in local nurseries to enhance landscape plantings. Not all natives are suited to every habit so it is still important to match the plant’s requirements with a suitable area in the landscape. One low maintenance native that is more suited to a specific area is the landscape is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/21/native-grass-for-moist-soils/

Integrating Perennial Peanut into Grass Pastures

Figure 3. Rhizoma peanut + bahiagrass pastures 10 years after establishment.  Photo Credit: Miguel Castillo Jose Dubeux, University of Florida/IFAS – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) Rhizoma peanut (commonly known as perennial peanut) is a warm-season perennial legume well adapted to Florida. It has high digestibility (65-75%) and crude protein concentrations (15-20%), that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/19/integrating-perennial-peanut-into-grass-pastures/

You Don’t Have To Pamper Pampas Grass

You don’t have to pamper pampas grass!  This attractive perennial, which is native to Latin America – Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, is practically trouble-free.  It’s well adapted to all areas of Florida.  Pampas grass grows in large clumps, eight to ten feet high.  In late summer, it produces showy silver –white or pinkish silken plumes, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/08/you-dont-have-to-pamper-pampas-grass/

Beware of Too-Good-to-be-True Lawn Grass Seed Advertisements

Kentucky bluegrass, Fescuegrass & ryegrass (annual ryegrass pictured) can be seeded to provide a temporary winter lawn but will not provide a permanent lawn in Florida due to our hot, wet summers. Photo Credit: Dan Culbert, UF/IFAS If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This phrase offers sound advice for the person …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/29/beware-of-too-good-to-be-true-lawn-grass-seed-advertisements/

What is the Best Grass for Pastures in the Panhandle?

A Brangus bull grazing Tifton 9 bahiagrass. Photo Credit: Doug Mayo Spring is here, and the number of calls that come in to the local Extension Office increases dramatically with the warmer weather.  One question that often comes this time of year is “What grass I should plant for a pasture?”  Whether this a new …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/21/what-is-the-best-grass-for-pastures-in-the-panhandle/

Invasive Species of the Day (March 5th): Torpedo Grass & Hydrilla

March 5th: Torpedo Grass (Panicum repens) & Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) Torpedo Grass Photo Credit: Graves Lovell, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, www.bugwood.org Torpedo Grass: Torpedo grass (Panicum repens) is an invasive weed that invades lawns, flowerbeds, landscapes and wetlands. Even if introduced into a small area, this weed can rapidly spread to become …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/03/05/invasive-species-of-the-day-march-5th-torpedo-grass-hydrilla/

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