• Florida citrus tree with bright colored oranges hanging from branches with deep green leaves, lined in a row beside other orange trees

    The Devastation of Citrus Greening in Florida

    For the past 13 years Florida’s citrus farmers’ crops have been plagued by Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening, a bacterial disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, an insect pest. This small insect, no bigger than a grain of rice, has had devastating affects on Florida’s citrus agriculture. Resulting in a dramatic decline in citrus production, that has had a harrowing effect on growers, employees, commercial outlets, and consumers.

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    Beneficial Insects in Florida Landscapes

    Insects are a normal part of landscapes around the world, with an estimated 164,000 insect species, including the approximate number of species not yet name by scientists, found in the United States alone. Insects often get a bad rap and it is not uncommon for individuals to automatically consider any insects found within their landscapes to be an undesirable annoyance, or pest. However, the truth of the matter is not all insects found within our landscapes are pests. Insect pests are classified as insects, or bugs that are a nuisance, spreading diseases and causing the destruction of plant life and property. Whereas, insects that are not deemed pests, are considered to be beneficial insects. According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension, of the millions of estimated insect species around the globe, “less than 1% of these actually feed on plants in a harmful way”. Meaning there are more good bugs, or beneficial insects, than there are insect pests.

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    What are those cobwebs in my tree?

    Trees are a crucial part of every landscape, as they provide shade from the sun, food, and oxygen along with numerous other benefits. One of the primary reasons so many people love trees, is the added aesthetic quality they bring to the landscape. So, when one notices unsightly cobwebs covering the leaves of their favorite tree, it is not unreasonable to have some questions. Not to worry though, today we are going to discuss what critters cause those unsightly cobwebs and what you can do to rid your trees of them.

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    Common Palm Tree Diseases & Insect Pests

    One of the benefits of living in Florida is the beautiful palm trees that bring an added tropical flare and sense of relaxation to our landscapes. Palm trees have special tree care needs, such as routine fertilization to help ensure they stay healthy and strong. Routine tree care is a preventative measure to help trees fight off the many tree diseases and insect pest infestations they are susceptible to. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have a tree service plan with a local arborist, failure to take preventative measures could result in the loss of your palm trees. Many palm tree diseases are not correctable but, are preventable.