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Wild Weeds: Friends or Foes?

butterfly on orange flower

When it comes to gardening mishaps, sometimes letting weeds run wild can be a good thing. Have you ever noticed tiny white flowers lining roadways, or more commonly, your landscape bed? What about flowers in fields, forests, or… Read More

Brian Pearson Wins Teaching Scholar Honors from NACTA

Brian Pearson, assistant professor of landscape, ornamental and protected crop management in the department of environmental horticulture at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), won the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s Teaching Scholar award at… Read More

Weed of the Week: Skunkvine

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. This week’s weed of the week is Skunkvine (Paederia foetida). Skunkvine is a natural… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Hurricane Preparedness

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Are you prepared for this hurricane season? Last Water Wednesday, the Family Consumer Sciences Agents LuAnn Duncan in Sumter County and Lisa Hamilton in Volusia County… Read More

MREC Plant Clinic Reopening to Commercial Clientele

The Plant Clinic at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center will be reopening to commercial clientele by appointment only beginning Tuesday, June 30. All Plant Clinic visitors must schedule an appointment by completing the form at mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/visitors…. Read More

Weed of the Week: Spanish Needles

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. The weed of this week is Spanish Needles (Bidens spp.). In Florida, there are… Read More

Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. Weed control is one of the most expensive and time-consuming aspects of landscape maintenance…. Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Rain Barrel Basics

What is rain water harvesting? Have you ever wondered how you can utilize our rain water? Last Water Wednesday, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent in Seminole County, Tina McIntyre, went through the basics of a rain barrel. To read… Read More