Archive for February, 2012

Tropical Fruit in Your Garden ~ (brochure in English and Spanish attached!)

Do your customers want a tree with a tropical flair?  Maybe something edible? Sometimes the Right Plant, Right, Place principle leads us to choose fruit trees for our Florida-Friendly landscapes.

Please see the attached Tropical Fruit for Your Garden brochure for information on fruit trees that thrive in South Florida, as well as how to care for them.

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Algunos de sus clientes están interesados en árboles de frutas tropicales? Quizás algo para comer? En algunas ocasiones el principio: “las plantas correctas para el sitio adecuado” nos lleva a seleccionar árboles frutales para nuestras áreas verdes.

Por favor, revise el panfleto anexo para obtener información sobre las frutas tropicales con mayor adaptación en el sur de Florida y como cuidarlas.

Florida Urban Forestry Council Urban Forestry Institute ~ March 8 & 9, 2012

Landscape professionals who manage urban forests may be interested in the Florida Urban Forestry Council’s Urban Forestry Institute, scheduled for March 8 and 9 in Orlando.  The FUFC consistently presents valuable urban forestry educational programs throughout the state. Download the FUFC Urban Forestry Institute brochure for details, or contact the FUFC:

Phone: (407) 872-1738
Fax: (407) 872-6868
E-Mail: info@fufc.org
Website: http://www.fufc.org

Free CEU tutorial downloads – pesticide safety and label reading

In honor of his upcoming retirement this summer, Thomas R. Fasulo, Extension Entomologist with the University of Florida has provided  seven tutorials that teach the safe use of pesticides and how to read an EPA-approved label on the Web for FREE downloading.  Thomas Fasulo has been developing computer-verified training tutorials for several industries since the early 90s.

These tutorials will install on any Windows system, but will not run on the newer 64-bit systems.  Click here for the safe use of pesticides and how to read an EPA-approved label on the Web for FREE downloading.

Managing Downy Mildew on Impatiens Workshop!

Managing Downy Mildew on Impatiens Workshop! ~ for Nursery and Landscape

WHAT: 

Final stages of downy mildew on impatiens - nearly complete drop of flowers and leaves - only stems remain. <Photo: UF / IFAS Laura Sanagorski>

  1. Downy Mildew has been a difficult to control pathogen on Impatiens walleriana in the past season.  Read all about it here.
  2. The latest University of Florida research results for management of Downy Mildew on Impatiens in the nursery
  3. Current University of Florida recommendations for managing Downy Mildew in the landscape

WHEN: 9:00AM – 10:00AM: Tuesday March 6, 2012

WHERE: Palm Beach Extension – Exhibit Hall A, 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

COST: Free of charge, but seating is limited.

REGISTRATION: Accepted via e-mail, mail, or fax:  Download the Managing Downy Mildew on Impatiens Flyer and Registration Form here.

CEUs: Pesticide Applicator and FNGLA CEUs requested

Ficus and Other Whitefly Landscape Management Workshops!

Two ‘Ficus & Other Whitefly Landscape Management’ workshops to be offered by the UF / IFAS Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and the Palm Beach Whitefly Task Force

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly <Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski>

WHAT: 

  1. The latest on the Palm Beach Whitefly Task Force
  2. Ficus, rugose spiraling, bondari nesting & silverleaf whitefly identification and management
  3. Update on biological tools for whitefly management
  4. Panel of industry and university experts to answer your questions

WHEN: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon: Wednesday March 14, 2012 or Tuesday, April 10, 2012 (duplicate sessions ~ choose one)

WHERE: Palm Beach Extension – Exhibit Hall A, 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

COST: Free of charge, but seating is limited.

REGISTRATION: Accepted via e-mail, mail, or fax: Download the Whitefly Workshops Flyer and Registration Form here.

CEUs: Pesticide Applicator and FNGLA CEUs requested

Big-Eyed Bugs – Revised EDIS publication

The University of Florida recently revised and reissued publication#EENY252:  Big-Eyed Bugs, Geocoris spp. (Insecta: Hemiptera: Lygaeidae).  Big-eyed bugs are the beneficial predator that is often confused with harmful chinch bugs.  Big-eyed bugs, however are actually a beneficial predator that feeds on chinch bugs, aphids, and other pest insects.  Please read the linked publication, above, for more information, including detailed photos and a key that may be useful in identifying big-eyed bugs and chinch bugs.