Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

UF Plant Clinic First Line of Defense for Growers, Landscapers, Homeowners

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The homeowner has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new, high-end home in an expensive subdivision. But the white colonial was covered in tiny black spores. Lynn Griffith, a horticultural consultant and expert… Read More

UF/IFAS experts: Hire a certified tree inspector before hurricane season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even a Category 1 hurricane – with winds at 74 to 95 mph — can snap trees, so find a certified arborist before hurricane season, a University of Florida landscape specialist says. To make sure… Read More

On Earth Day, UF Researchers Say Conserve Water Now or Pay the Price Later

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida residents are using more and more water every day, leaving future Floridians with more expensive options to meet anticipated needs, according to University of Florida researchers. Earth Day, April 22, is a great time… Read More

Weed Appreciation Day: Not all weeds bad, says UF expert

 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new plant pops up in your yard — is it a weed? It’s all in the eye of the beholder, says a lawn and garden expert with the University of Florida. “A weed… Read More

Gardener grows legacy of generosity with special donation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gardeners seek out the University of Florida IFAS Extension Master Gardener program to expand their love of gardening with a commitment to serve their community. But when the time spent fundraising for the program crowded… Read More

UF expert: Communities, residents can protect water quality

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — August is National Water Quality Month. That term — water quality — may not be familiar to some Floridians. But as the state’s population grows and demands on water increase, it’s more likely to start… Read More

Renowned UF professor named a Fellow by national organization

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Dukes, director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named a Fellow by a prestigious national organization. The American Society… Read More

UF researcher offers Floridians tips for surviving country’s worst drought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Concern is growing among state residents as Florida experiences the worst drought in the country, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any… Read More

Time to mow more: It’s good for the environment and for curb appeal

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With higher temperatures come higher lawns, so now that spring is in full swing, you may mow more often. When you do, you help preserve the environment and keep your yard aesthetically pleasing, a… Read More