Okaloosa County Master Gardeners can help identify that problem weed in the yard and give you helpful hints for eliminating weed problems.
Come visit with a Master Gardener and get your gardening questions answered at their August plant clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at the County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach.
Bring a sample of the problem weed or a sample of the problem grass in a plastic bag and a Master Gardener will diagnose the problem and give some helpful solutions to insure you have a beautiful yard. You can also take pictures with your camera or your phone and bring those with you.
Dave Gordon, current president of the Okaloosa County Master Gardeners, will present a program, Pollinator’s Paradise, with plant suggestions and ideas for multiplying the pollinator plants in your landscape from 10-11 a.m. Aug. 15 at the County Extension Annex, 127 Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach. He always brings native pollinator plants to his presentations.
Pollinators are one of the latest gardening buzzwords. Our pollinators are declining with farmers, scientists, and gardeners all concerned about the problem. Planting a small area around your home will encourage pollinators and assist with solving the problems of getting your fig tree to produce figs or your lemons and orange trees to produce fruit.
You must have plants in your garden that provide a source of nectar for bees, wasps, butterflies, birds, and more. Water and a safe haven are also critical. Since commercial honeybees are threatened by colony collapse disorder, we need to consider how we can help our native pollinators get back to each of our gardens.
Gordon, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, is a retired science teacher and a fifth generation native of Northwest Florida. The program will focus on plants and methods to attract butterflies, bees, and birds to your home landscape.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Please call 850-689-5850 to reserve your seat.
The Okaloosa County Master Gardeners have three office locations to assist you with gardening and grass questions. In addition, you can bring your soil samples by the office locations for a PH soil test.
The Fort Walton Beach office, 127 Hollywood Blvd., is available for walk-ins on Fridays until noon. The Niceville location is at the Niceville Youth Center, 200 Campbell Drive, and is open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Crestview office, 3098 Airport Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 850-689-5850 before going to insure there is a Master Gardener on duty to assist you.
For online assistance, visit gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu or solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu.