Category: Home Landscapes

Hurricanes and Trees, Yikes

Did Hurricane Irma leave you with fallen trees, broken branches, or uprooted trees? The University of Florida /Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) created the Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery Program after the devastation of the 2004 and… Read More

There is a Fungus Among Us, Bot Rot in Manatee County

Are you finding dead shrubs in your hedge? Botryosphaeria, bot rot, has hit Manatee County.  Bot rot is a disease whose symptoms includes yellow, spotted and blighted leaves, dried leaves, defoliation, cankers, tip dieback, branch dieback, and often… Read More

Loving the Florida Master Naturalist Program in Manatee County

Joining the Master Naturalist Training Program in Florida is a wonderful experience for Florida residents and visitors too.  The program introduces many facets of Florida ecology, fauna (our wonderful wildlife and some invasive species too), and flora (native… Read More

Sea Grapes are Protected, Sometimes….

Posted by: Michelle Atkinson, Environmental Horticulture Agent Let’s start with the legal stuff: The Florida Legislature recognized the importance of coastal plant species. Therefore Florida law states that no person, firm, corporation, or governmental agency shall damage or… Read More