Category: Agriculture

ADVANCED TRAINING PROMOTES MASTER GARDENER DIAGNOSTIC CONFIDENCE. L. Sanderson, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter County, Bushnell, FL

Situation: Central Florida, including Sumter County and surrounding counties, is characterized by at least 71 adult retirement communities some of which have only a couple of thousand homes, and others which are over 50,000 homes.  In Sumter County,… Read More

WARM SEASON TURFGRASS AESTHETIC FREEZE TOLERANCE G. Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County Horticulture Agent, J.S Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension Director, Osceola County, M. Smith, Multi-Counties Horticulture Agent.

Situation: In many parts of the United States, freeze tolerance of warm season turfgrass is measured by survivability of the turf. In Florida, it is purely aesthetic. Many homeowners desire a non-dormant grass during the winter. While frost… Read More

TO COMPARE THE EFFECTS OF TAKE-ALL ROOT ROT ON WARM-SEASON TURF GRASS G. Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County

Situation: During the growing season, eight out of ten lawn problems in Osceola County caused by take-all root rot. The disease is known to affect all warm season turf grass species. Not all turf species are equally susceptible… Read More

TEACHING RESIDENTS ON FACEBOOK LIVE. W. Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL.

1)Situation/Target Audience: The UF/IFAS Hernando County horticulture program provides education to residents on a wide variety of landscape topics. This is especially important now that we have so many new residents moving here from other states.  2) Objectives:… Read More

DEMONSTRATION GARDEN RENOVATION Terra Freeman, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL.

Situation: The St. Johns County Master Gardener program maintains the 54 acres of gardens and landscape that surround the extension office as a demonstration tool. Prior to my arrival, the Master Gardener program was dysfunctional and in need… Read More

CALCULATING FERTILIZER EASILY: A USEFUL TOOL T. McIntyre UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL 32773

Situation/Problem Statement and Objectives:  Nutrient runoff and leaching can be attributed to a lack of best management practices in the home landscape, including improper fertilization. Homeowners play an integral role in how they or their hired professionals fertilize… Read More

ADAPTIVE GARDENING: IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND INJURY PREVENTION Sullivan, J., Agriculture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, Pabon, E., Residential Horticulture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL

Situation: Gardening can be a relaxing hobby that improves our physical and psychological health, with benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving motor skills, and reducing stress and depression. Gardening, however, can become an overwhelming or harmful activity if… Read More

Federal Domestic Soil Quarantines Map

Did you know that United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service a.k.a. APHIS, restricts the movement of domestic soil from areas within the continental United States that are under quarantine for specific plant pests…. Read More

Florida Beekeeping Calendar: April

Recommendations for your apiary in April: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. For more information, check out these resources: Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848 Swarm Control for Managed Beehives: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in970 Florida Honey Bee Plants: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1223