Category: Home Landscapes

Water-Wise Landscapes in Manatee County 2018

Shade garden, water-wise

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Water-Wise Landscape Program and helped make it a success!   The Manatee County Water-Wise Landscape Awards, sponsored by Manatee County Utilities – Water… Read More

Spanish Moss, Ball Moss, and Lichens are Harmless Air Plants

Spanish Moss hanging from oak tree

Epiphytes are “air” plants, including moss, that survive on moisture and nutrients in the atmosphere. Several epiphytic plants, like Spanish moss, ball moss, and lichen, are common to the Florida landscape and the southeast United States. People unfamiliar… Read More

It is Time for Water-Wise Landscaping Awards!!

Winners of Water-Wise Awards

The purpose of this award program is to recognize individuals, businesses, and community associations that are committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment utilizing Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles. Winning landscapes balance attractive designs with plants, landscape elements, water-efficient irrigation… Read More

‘Tis the Season, the Nitrogen Restricted Season (June 1st – Sept 30th)

applicator fertilizing turf

June 1st starts the Nitrogen restrictive season.  No nitrogen applications allowed until September 30th please see the Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance for more information. Applications of fertilizer that has an analysis (N-P-K) on the bag must be 0-0-#, this means fertilizer… Read More

Save Some Water – Meet our Mobile Irrigation Lab Team

Adjusting rotor spray head

The Manatee County Extension Service Mobile Irrigation Lab will come to your home or business and conduct a full evaluation of the landscape and irrigation system to help you save on your outdoor irrigation water use. Do you… Read More

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape?

pruning limb

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape? Factsheet (PDF) Pruning equipment can spread disease in the landscape if not properly cleaned and disinfected.  By disinfecting gardening tools on a regular basis, you can help prevent the spread of… Read More