Coastal and Tropical South

July, 2006
Regional Report

Meet Lacebugs

If lantana leaves are twisted, grayish or brown, and flowering has stopped, lacebugs are the likely culprit. Full sun and dry conditions favor them, but you can control their populations. Cut off the damage, remove it from the garden, and spray water underneath the leaves regularly. Spray with insecticidal soap or pyrethrin for severe infestations.

Start Citrus From Seed

Most citrus are grown from budded or grafted plants, but some varieties will grow readily from seed and perform as well as grafted trees. Mexican or Key lime (with small, round fruits) will grow well, then bear fruit in about three years. Orlando tangelo or Dancy tangerine will take longer, four to six years.

Clear Debris

Take the time now to look around your property and plan to remove limbs, trees, and debris that could become projectiles in a windstorm. Clear ditches and drainage swales of weeds and anything else that could impede the flow of water. Always wear safety equipment when using mechanized pruners or other hazardous tools.

Replace Wornout Hoses

Garden hoses never freeze in our region, but they do wear out. If you've replaced washers, patched gaps, and used repair kits to put new ends on, you've done all you can do to salvage the hose. Give yourself a gift of a new hose, for better pressure and fewer drips. More flexibility and longer life are features you'll like, too.

Prevent Lawn Fungus

Tip over your lawn mower after each mowing and rinse the blades and deck to remove debris that can dull the blades and to make sure lawn fungus diseases don't hang around. It is, unfortunately, quite possible to move spores from one side of the yard to another, or over to the neighbors if you share equipment.

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