Tag Archive: Ground

Finding Common Ground on Climate Change

This solar-powered bicycle rental facility provides a healthy alternative to driving around a large city. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension Climate change is one of those topics that most people don’t want to think much about. It can be overwhelming, it can be controversial, and it can be downright frightening. A year ago, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/14/finding-common-ground-on-climate-change/

Ground Pearls, The Peril of Local Lawns

Typical ground pearl damage to lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/10/ground-pearls-the-peril-of-local-lawns/

Rye Cover Crop Holds Saturated Ground

Rolling down rye cover crop on April 1st held saturated soil in place during heavy rains .  Photo by Jed Dillard It wasn’t raining on April 1st, when the inaugural Florida Soil Health and Cover Crop tour was heald.  Participants heard descriptions of the value of a winter cover crop , such as cereal rye, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/05/03/rye-cover-crop-holds-saturated-ground/

Spring Appearance of Ground Bees

Several ground bee burrows are shown above in this Marianna lawn. Ground bees lay their eggs in borrows, from which, adult ground bees will emerge the following year. Photo taken by Josh Thomposn The panhandle has experienced warmer weather during the past week, and as the air has warmed and the soil dried, a particular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/22/spring-appearance-of-ground-bees/

Reliable Ground Orchid

A hidden surprise in many gardens this time of year are the delicate blooms of terrestrial orchids.  One species that is a consistent bloomer along the Gulf Coast is the Chinese ground orchid, Bletilla striata.  Although foliage and flowers may be sensitive to cold weather, the preferred growing conditions under tree canopies often offer this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/01/24/reliable-ground-orchid/