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Category: HOME LANDSCAPES

As Florida enters termite swarm season, UF/IFAS scientists tell consumers what to know

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Termite Awareness Week 2021 takes place March 7-13 Some people mistakenly think termites are only busy during this time of the year. UF/IFAS researchers in Davie, Florida, show us otherwise. While termites are often noticed… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program marks 28th year of protecting Florida’s waters

Kicking off in February 1993 with a $75,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), UF/IFAS and FDEP partnered to form FFL. “With that first grant — for a pilot project around Sarasota… Read More

Essential preparations in closing your seasonal home

By LORI JOHNSON TAVARES, Fla. —The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Lake and Sumter counties will provide a free educational program to help teach you to close your seasonal home for optimal health and safety of… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel

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Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown:… Read More

UF researchers help expand indoor gardening trend triggered by pandemic

COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. Recent research shows that about 80% of those who took up gardening since the beginning of COVID-19 will continue the pastime in 2021…. Read More

Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE! returns; New topics, same virtual format

Long-time and aspiring green thumbs can ask the experts their gardening questions when “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” returns starting Feb. 4. The monthly series is presented virtually, hosted by UF/IFAS experts in each topic,… Read More

UF/IFAS hosts virtual Urban Landscape Summit, starting January 20

WHO: Faculty and administrators from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), along with landscape industry professionals. WHAT: Scott Angle, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of… Read More

UF study on termites’ evolution tells us they are much more than wood-eating roaches

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Go beyond our common perceptions of termites, like a University of Florida scientist did, and you’ll find they do much more than eat wood and destroy homes, other buildings and trees.   Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor… Read More