Happy Halloweeding: Tropical Soda Apple

Spiny leaves of tropical soda apple Fall is known for pumpkin picking, cooler weather, and trick-or-treating. While we are enjoying our yards in this cooler, drier weather, it is a good time to look for something truly spooky that may be lurking amongst the bushes: invasive weeds! For this first week of October, we’re introducing…

Spotting scams after the storm

After disasters sweep through an area, an unfortunate reality usually follows: fraudulent offers of funding and/or services to those regaining their bearings in the first hours, days and weeks of recovery. Heidi Copeland, UF/IFAS Extension Leon County family and consumer sciences agent and accredited financial counselor, says the best defense against scammers is to be cautious when…

Lions in the Bay

Yep… I stole that line from Robert Turpin.  He is well known for his ability to come up with great titles.  What we are referring to here is the invasion of lionfish into Pensacola Bay.  It has been well known over the last decade that we have had lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico, but…

The Cuban Tree frogs are Coming

In the invasive species world, we talk of “Early Detection Rapid Response” (EDRR).  These are invasive species that are currently not in our area, or are in very low numbers, but pose a potential threat.  One of these is the Cuban treefrog. As the name implies, Cuban treefrogs are from Cuba, and arrived in Florida…

Special entry: Hurricanes and One Health

Hurricanes have a great impact on the livelihoods of millions of people. This is an obvious statement given the sheer size and magnitude of the forces unleashed by them. What is less obvious, however, is all the different ways in which hurricanes impact the health of people, the environment, and animals.  Direct impacts of hurricanes…

Foolproof Palm Care: Pindo Palm

Fishtail palms (Caryota mitis) are distinctive in appearance and get their moniker from the unique shape of their leaflets which resemble the tail-fins of many common fish. Unlike most landscape palms, Fishtails can tolerate growing in shade, which makes them a popular choice for interiorscapes and as indoor potted plants. Planting site Fishtail palms have…

Foolproof Palm Care: Fishtail Palm

Fishtail palms (Caryota mitis) are distinctive in appearance and get their moniker from the unique shape of their leaflets which resemble the tail-fins of many common fish. Unlike most landscape palms, Fishtails can tolerate growing in shade, which makes them a popular choice for interiorscapes and as indoor potted plants. Planting site Fishtail palms have…

2022 A Very Strange Rainy Season

Or why average rainfall records do not fully relay the ups and downs of rainy season (nor dry season). As I sit writing this blog we are soaked in rain from a brush with Ian. This rainfall event and the past 10 days of rainy weather have made up for a near record 5” rainfall…

New Episode from Naturally Florida: “All About Lightning”

The state of Florida is famous for its sunshine, beaches, and summertime fun. However, as Floridians, we know that summer also means thunderstorms, and thunder doesn’t happen without lightning. In this episode, we will explore the basic science of lightning and thunder, and how you can keep yourself safe this summer.  We hope this brief introduction to thunderstorms in Florida will help…

You Could Be Flushing Money Down the Toilet

Older homes have their charm, and they can often be purchased for less than a newer one.  However, maintaining them can be expensive, particularly when it comes to upgrading to today’s standards.  A new toilet is one investment that will pay for itself quickly.  If your home was built prior to 1994 and your toilets…

Simple things you can do to prepare for a Hurricane.

Hurricane Preparedness- Most residents in Florida are very familiar with the word hurricane. How we choose to respond can range from excitement for weather enthusiast or to sheer disdain at the thought of constant rain showers, high winds, downed power lines, trees and possible structural damage to your property or home. No matter where you…
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