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The Neighborhood Gardener – May

sweetspireThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • "Your Florida Lawn" Now on YouTube — The "Your Florida Lawn" YouTube channel has videos with UF lawn experts discussing and demonstrating Florida-Friendly lawn practices.
  • Plant of the Month: Sweetspire ‘Henry’s Garnet’ — This shrub is prized for its sweet-smelling blooms in the spring and its colorful foliage in the fall, and is highly adaptable.
  • New Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Pattern Books — Four new workbooks contain zone-specific sample plant lists and designs that can help homeowners create Florida-Friendly landscapes.
  • UF Research Closer to Disease-resistant Grapes — Professor Dennis Gray has discovered a way to increase fungal-disease resistance in grapes by giving them an extra helping of protective genes that naturally occur in the fruit.
  • May in Your Garden — Harmful insects become more active as the weather warms. Watch for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants. Southern vegetable favorites to plant now are okra, southern peas, and sweet potatoes.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Slugs — Not just slimy, these pests feed on the leaves of plants, especially seedlings.

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