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Category: HOME LANDSCAPES

Timmmberrr! … UF experts try to take subjectivity out of tree-falling assessments

In the eye of hurricane season, you need hardy trees that can withstand the strong winds that come with the storms – and which can topple trees. That’s why University of Florida tree scientists Ryan… Read More

Majority of Florida mosquito species are understudied, UF/IFAS survey illustrates

image - UF/IFAS FMEL undergraduate student Ahsley Malcolm conducts mosquito collection in the field for the survey.

There are 66 Florida mosquito control districts that suppress mosquito species populations by using integrated mosquito control methods. A survey of the Sunshine State’s mosquito control districts has shed light on a variety of species… Read More

Downtown Orlando garden receives a Florida-Friendly makeover

path through garden in downtown Orlando

On Wednesday, the downtown garden at the Orange County Administration building received a makeover. The new installment includes more than 17 species of native plants that will boost pollinator visits to the site and increase… Read More

UF/IFAS plants flora to try to reduce pollutants going into lakes, rivers

BRADENTON, Fla. — Now, in the middle of summer, when those afternoon or evening rains come, stormwater from lawns, driveways and roofs drains down to any of the 76,000 stormwater ponds scattered around Florida. As… Read More

Let bugs be your gardening assistants: Next ‘Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!’

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss beneficial insects, live on July 29 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option… Read More

Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

image - papaya trial field at TREC for Chambers Brewer study

Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers,… Read More

A healthy lawn using less water? UF/IFAS can show you how

pop-up in-ground sprinkler head spraying mulch

This summer, UF/IFAS Extension agents across central Florida will host free weekly webinars aimed to help residents maintain a healthy lawn and conserve one of Florida’s most valuable resource, water. “The average residential irrigation cycle… Read More

Victory gardens: How UF helped communities grow during the pandemic and beyond

backyard garden with raised garden beds

COVID-19 brought national food supply-chain disruptions, increased pressure on food banks and struggle for families across the country. The statewide UF/IFAS Extension victory garden program began as an effort to empower those in need to… Read More

What’s that weed? New weed ID video series available

A new video series will help hobby gardeners and professional horticulturalists identify weeds in their gardens and greenhouses. Proper identification helps lower herbicide use and leads to more successful weed management. The free, on-demand video… Read More