Lower South

August, 2012
Regional Report

Web Finds

Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Lawns
Chinch Bugs in St Augustine Lawns is an online publication by Texas AgriLife Extension that provides helpful information on identifying chinch bugs and their damage. It also includes guidance on cultural, biological and chemical control options.

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'Cora' and 'Nirvana' Madagascar Periwinkle
Madagascar periwinkle, also called "vinca" in the South, was one of the best options for summer color until a disease called aerial phytophthora blight became widespread, devastating this annual flower and driving it from the most planted list. Breeders have developed two new series, 'Cora' and 'Nirvana', that are resistant to the disease and come in a variety of colors. In addition to the disease resistance, these new plants are heat and drought tolerant, as well as deer resistant!

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