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Tag: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Take the pledge – Prevent “muhly mutilation!”

Public Service Announcement:  YOU can help prevent “muhly mutilation!” Every year, just as the fall muhly grass extravaganza is about to begin… …an unfortunate (but fully preventable) horror-show occurs. And this one isn’t related to Halloween…   All… Read More

Florida-Friendly Wildflowers 3-part Educational Series

Why Wildflowers? Loss of biodiversity is one of the major threats to the world. Pollen nectar provide food for insects, which help to pollinate our food crops, eat pests, and provide food for other wildlife. You can be… Read More

Top 5 Reasons You Should Check Your Sprinklers NOW!

      Yes, it’s been raining buckets all summer. Hopefully your sprinklers have gotten a good rest… BUT… when the fall “dry season” arrives in central FL, are your sprinklers ready to put water where it’s needed,… Read More

Non-native Invasive Plants Common to Central Florida

Part of having a Florida-Friendly landscape is following principle #1, Right Plant, Right Place. Criteria for being the right plant for the right place includes: • Suitable for our climate (Central Florida is USDA Hardiness Zone 9B) •… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… pothos: mild-mannered or monster?

By Ann Madden Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Oh, that tropical look. Many homeowners want it, and often turn to the eye-catching pothos to create it. In doing so, they may unwittingly unleash a monster. Pothos is… Read More

New Fertilizer Ordinance for Monroe County

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a fertilizer ordinance with the intent of limiting nutrient applications to turf and landscape plants. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have the potential to contribute to water pollution through… Read More

Downtown Orlando garden receives a Florida-Friendly makeover

On Wednesday, the downtown garden at the Orange County Administration building received a makeover. The new installment includes more than 17 species of native plants that will boost pollinator visits to the site and increase biodiversity. “The garden… Read More

Master Gardener Volunteers on… sansevieria: invasive, nuisance, or reliable addition to the garden?

By Karen Pariser Master Gardener Volunteer Program team member Remember your grandma’s impossible-to-kill parlor plant, the “mother-in-law’s tongue”? You might know it as “snake plant” or “viper’s bowstring” or even “African spear plant.” However you remember it, whatever… Read More