Tuttle mealybug is a significant issue in zoysia japonica species, particularly in EmpireTM Zoysia, but we have also found it in IconTM and ZeonTM lawns. IDENTIFICATION A Tuttle mealybug is very small (less than 2mm in length), and difficult to find in low numbers. In addition, it feeds in concealed locations, commonly beneath the leaf … Tuttle Mealybug
Ficus hedges have been an important part of the south Florida landscape for more than 20 years, now. The two most common types of ficus hedges we treat are Ficus benjamina and Ficus nitida. There are a few morphologic differences in the two types, but they are substantially similar, and usually are treated the same … Ficus Informational Letter
To create a friendly South Florida landscape design it takes equal parts of art and science. A South florida friendly yard provides a functional, beautiful, and ecologically sound landscape that enhances a home or building as well as the neighborhood. When you place plants in your landscape you do not want to waste time, energy, or … Friendly South Florida Landscape Design
Summertime presents some of the toughest lawn care issues in South Florida. Typically, the high heat, and the lack of water. These problems are made worse by the watering restrictions imposed in most areas. The first thing you need to do is learn the local laws from the City, State and county when it comes to … Summer Tips for South Florida Lawns
Summer is the beginning of Drywood termite swarming season. Swarming generally occurs at nighttime as opposed to Subterranean termite swarms that generally occur in the daytime. Drywood termites have no ground contact. They live their entire life inside wood. Swarmers are generally brownish in color. Subterranean termites swarm in spring but do continue into the … Termite Swarm Season
White grubs are the larvae of beetles. The body of a grub is white with a brown head and a dark area on the rear abdomen. They have three pairs of legs that sit near the head of the body. When they rest, they rest in a C shaped position. White grubs have a life cycle ranging … White Grubs and Turf
There are many reasons that plants die and some of the reasons are not related to disease. A lot of environmental stressors cause disorders that look like, but are not diseases. An example of an environmental stressor is drought. Drought stress can kill a plant. When a pathogen infects a plant and disrupts growth that … Lawn and Plant Diseases
Fire ants, although similar in color to the Pharoah ant are much smaller, dull looking ants that range in color from golden to light brown. This species has no large-headed workers. They are slow- moving and cause painful stings that can last a long time. These tiny ants can fall on people working in infested vegetation … Florida Fire Ants
There is a right way and a wrong way to mow your lawn. The first thing you need to understand about mowing is how your lawn grows. Grass growth occurs from two points: The first point is at the crown, which lies just above the soil surface. The second point is from the base of … Time to Mow?
What is a Palmetto Bug? A Palmetto bug is another (nicer) name given to the generally nasty American cockroach. Although adult palmetto bugs do have wings, they usually run very quickly and rarely fly. The Palmetto bug (American cockroach) is the largest cockroach to infest homes. Males and females grow to be about the same size … Palmetto Bugs
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