UPCOMING LAWN, LANDSCAPE SEMINARS & NATIVE PLANT SALE, by Larry Williams UF/IFAS Extension Agent

The Fall Home and Garden Expo will take place Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach. The expo is brought to you by the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton counties (BIA).

The Home & Garden Expo will feature exhibits of products and services as well as educational seminars for the homeowner and gardener.

At 10 a.m. Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Commercial Horticulture Agent with Okaloosa County Extension, will provide a seminar titled, “Taking the Guess Work Out of the Landscape.” Attend this seminar and learn how to create and maintain a Florida Friendly landscape.

At 1 p.m. I will provide a seminar titled, “Preparing your Lawn for Fall and Winter.” Do you need to ‘winterize’ your lawn? Should you overseed your lawn with annual ryegrass? What should you do about winter lawn weeds? Learn the answers to these questions and the truth about winter lawn care by attending this seminar.

Okaloosa County Master Gardeners will have a native plant sale from 9:30 a.m. until the plants are gone or until closing at 3 p.m. (whichever comes first). Arrive early as supplies are limited. Master Gardeners will also be on hand to assist you with gardening/landscaping questions.

Tickets purchased in advance are $1.00 and may be purchased at all Eglin Federal Credit Union branch locations. Children 12 and under get in free.

For addition information visit the BIA website at www.biaow.org or call the Okaloosa County Extension Office at 689-5850.

First Tuesday Lecture Series Program at the Crestview Public Library.

Fall should be our busiest gardening season in North Florida. It’s a more comfortable time to be outdoors. Many plants only do well when planted during the cooler weather of fall. Fall planted trees and shrubs have a higher survival rate as compared to those planted in spring. Many nurseries have a better selection of trees during the cooler months. And, nurseries and garden centers could use your business this time of year.

I will cover these topics during the presentation, “Fall: Florida’s Best Gardening Season” for the First Tuesday Series program on October 1 at the Crestview Library.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and cookies served starting at 10 a.m. There is no cost to attend. The library is located at 1445 Commerce Drive (behind the Post Office). Call the library at 682-4432 or the Okaloosa County Extension Office at 689-5850 for more information.

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