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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

New year’s gardening resolutions for 2020

By Ralph E. Mitchell Time for some personal horticultural growth and goal setting in the gardening department!  The New Year is a great time to make some horticultural resolutions that will benefit any landscape.  Let’s look at some… Read More

Join the 37th annual Master Gardener Volunteer training class in 2020

By Ralph E. Mitchell Are you a candidate for the Charlotte County Master Gardener Volunteer Program? Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people? Do you like searching for answers to gardening questions that you or others have?… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County will be moving to our new office October 21st to the 23rd

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County will be moving to our new office at the North Charlotte Regional Park at 1120 O’Donnell Road, Port Charlotte FL 33953, October 21st to the 23rd, so please forgive us for any inconvenience during this short transition…. Read More

Flying gems add to your Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ yard

BY Ralph E. Mitchell Beyond the plants found in our tropical/subtropical landscapes, another enjoyable aspect of this environment is the wildlife it attracts.  Birds often highlight this facet of wildlife including the small living jewels we call hummingbirds. … Read More

Insecticidal soap in the garden – use the right material

By Ralph E. Mitchell Insecticidal soap is perhaps the most-used pesticide in my landscape.  Its use as a topical spot treatment for many soft-bodied pest insects and spider mites is unequalled.  Insecticidal soap is still an insecticide and… Read More

Grow this native, salt-tolerant palm near the coast

By Ralph E. Mitchell Native plants that are ornamental, highly drought-tolerant and even salt-tolerant in the palm category are something all coastal landscapers are looking for.  Enter the Florida thatch palm – a beautiful, slow-growing classy palm that… Read More