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Author: Les Harrison

Live Oaks provide shade in the summer

As July fades into August, more residents are questioning how the trees in their home landscapes would fair in a tropical storm or hurricane.

Some have a high potential to cause problems, other like the Southern Live Oak are less likely to damage structures.

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Singing the blues with birds

Blue is a color which usually has negative or depressing connotations and implications. For example, people feeling depressed or out-of-sorts, are said to have the blues.

Blues singers always have a sad song about love lost or some other gloomy situation beyond the control of the person suffering through the unhappiness and indignities.

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Camphor shot borer has peculiar appetite

The recent stormy weather, with all its potential problems, has focused many Santa Rosa County residents on alternative tools for a variety of uses to keep civilization at hand. In some cases, gasoline powered engines are necessary to achieve a level of 21st century comfort.

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Crabgrass can make homeowners crabby

With the return of rain after a dry patch during May and the first half of June, lawns are actively growing in Florida’s panhandle. This results in some positive and some negative aspects.

The major positive feature is a lush, green lawn. No matter the turf species, there is a unique pride to having a yard with carpet-like characteristics to complement all the other boast-worthy landscape features.

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Some common shrubs can be toxic for dogs

The beginning of summer returns memories of carefree days past when school was out, and leisure hours outside were plenty. Unfortunately, today’s youth do not have the same appreciation for sweaty fun.

The family dog however is not encumbered by these contemporary electrically powered traps which occupy the mind and entomb the body.

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Mimosa tree aggressive invader in disguise

With the onset of summer, many trees and plants have already bloomed and are settling into the green background. An exception are the Mimosa trees, Albizia julibrissin, which are blooming profusely.

These once popular small trees are commonly found in the yards of older homes in Santa Rosa County where the display of prolific pink blooms starts up as the weather warms.

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