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Category: Home Landscapes

New Website Simplifies Connection to UF Experts in Plant Health

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maybe it’s a farmer who has spotted an unfamiliar bug in the fields, or a homeowner whose once-healthy garden has developed discoloration on some leaves. In these instances, says the director of the University of… Read More

More Nitrogen in Mosquito Diet Reduces Its Ability to Transmit Zika

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feed mosquitoes more nitrogen when they’re young, and the adults are less likely to transmit the Zika virus, University of Florida scientists say. Now, researchers want to know why, and they’re determined to discover how… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Nature Coast Master Gardeners Project Receives International Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s climate supports the growth of all varieties of plants, from native to exotic species. But University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have long worked to educate the public on identifying… Read More

UF Offers Online Gardening Class; Includes Gardening Kits and a 24/7 GardenCam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – If IKEA furniture can be designed in Sweden, produced in China and assembled in Florida, then so can a garden. This was the thinking behind University of Florida lecturer Gerardo Nunez’s creation of gardening kits… Read More

UF/IFAS Urges Permeable Pavement to Help Reduce Pollutants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Instead of rain bouncing off pavement and carrying nutrients down to a drain or retention pond, some pavement actually absorbs water. It’s called permeable pavement, and it minimizes pollutants such as nitrogen from getting into… Read More

UF Honors CALS Alumnus George Pickhardt with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Triple Gator George Pickhardt has built one of the largest pest control businesses in the Southeastern United States and remains heavily involved in volunteer activities both in service to the University of Florida and his local community. On… Read More

One of the Originals, Manatee County Master Gardeners Celebrate 40th Anniversary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the Florida Master Gardener Program started four decades ago, Manatee joined Brevard and Miami-Dade as the original three counties to participate, as trained volunteers answered the public’s gardening and landscaping questions. The UF/IFAS Manatee… Read More

Yellow Fever, Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Both Adept at Transmitting Zika

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes found in Florida — and infected with the Zika virus — are good at transmitting the virus, new University of Florida research shows. Zika can make people sick and… Read More