Category: Horticulture

Master Gardener Gardening Bench: Strawberries

Strawberries By John Dawson, Master Gardener Volunteer 2007 Here in Central Florida, now is the time to plant strawberries. Find more articles on exciting topics here.  The home garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that… 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

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

Backyard Food Forest

Blueberry shrub in a food forest

Have you ever considered transforming your home landscape into a lush, thriving, food-producing system? Though it may seem like an impossible task, the design and creation of a backyard food forest is certainly possible. Our warm climate and… Read More

The Blackout Season – Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance

applicator fertilizing turf

 Fertilizer Black Out Season Video click here Fertilizer Ordinance Resources Fertilizer Ordinance Brochure Manatee County Government Fertilizer webpage Required Landscape Best Management Practices training for all landscape professionals Required Green Industry Best Management Practices training for all… Read More

Mysterious Mangroves

Mangroves Mangrove trees are an important part of Florida’s diverse ecosystem and are integral to the coastal estuaries where they grow. Mangrove forests in the tropics and subtropics are identifiable by their dense tangle of prop roots that… Read More

Water-Wise Landscaping Awards 2019

bromeliad

The Water-Wise Awards program is designed to recognize attractive, water conserving landscapes for homes and businesses. Winning landscapes balance attractive design with plants, landscape elements, and efficient irrigation techniques. Points are awarded for the use of appropriately located… Read More