Tag: horticulture

EDIS Update: Who Is Interested in Purchasing Smart Irrigation Systems?

Water conservation continues to be a goal for the horticulture industry as scarcity concerns increase. Technology is looked at as a possible solution to increase residential irrigation efficiency.   The new ‘smart’ irrigation systems available include evapotranspiration and… Read More

Tree-juvenation?

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation… Read More

Master Gardener Garden Bench: Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Article from the September 2019 addition of the award winning Master Gardening Bench monthly newsletter created by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manatee County.  If you enjoy gardens you… Read More

Minor Wind and Rain, Storms Still Hurt Growers

In Martin County, Hurricane Dorian brought a potential for Category 5 storm force winds, rain, and storm surge.  Nursery, vegetable, aquaculture and other growers facing storms like Dorian must prepare for the worst.  Preparation and recovery efforts cost… Read More

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

Hurricane Dorian & Plant Nursery Checklist

According to National Weather Service, Hurricane Dorian is forecast to be a major hurricane as it approaches the Florida peninsula Landfall remains likely along East Central and/or Southeast Florida coast Forecast movement has slowed, with an increasing likelihood… Read More

Wrap Up: MREC’s Strong Attendance at ASHS 2019

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center’s (MREC) researchers and graduate students had strong attendance at this year’s American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual international conference. The MREC team participated in panel sessions, gave presentations and presented… Read More