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Tips for Success! – Planting a shrub (the right way)

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I’ve included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching & more. Get… Read More

Let’s See Your Landscape!

Monarda punctata flowers

We want to see your landscape! At UF/IFAS Extension, we spend a lot of time looking at landscapes in distress. Pests, disease diagnosis, water issues, mucky ponds, invasive plants, etc. Don’t get me wrong… it’s our specialty, and… Read More

Create A Pollinator’s Paradise

Monarda punctata flower with bumble bee

  When you hear the word “pollinator,” what comes to mind? Honeybees? Butterflies? How about flies? Wasps? Hummingbirds? Bats? The diversity of pollinators is amazing. By using the principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping in my yard, I’ve been lucky… Read More

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program – 2020!

Vibrant flowers

Attention gardeners! Landscape designers! Green-industry pros! The annual Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is on the lookout for landscapes that showcase the best in “water-wise” design and maintenance. The annual contest is open to landscapes from across… Read More

Tree safety tips

Trees add value to our communities. But our recent windy weather serves as a good reminder that storm season is just around the corner. Given the large size attained by some trees, they can become hazardous to people… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping – Scavenger Hunt Activity!

Vibrant flowers

The 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping​ (FFL) can help protect our water, create beautiful neighborhoods, and support awesome wildlife! The FFL Program is all about: putting the “right plants” in the “right place” giving them the right care… Read More

How do I attract the “good bugs?”

Aphids feed on firebush leaves. Ladybug larva feeds on aphids.

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help: Save water Support wildlife Reduce guesswork Improve water quality Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!   *(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL Principles? Check out this previous… Read More

The end is near…

Monarda punctata flower with bumble bee

  Whether you call it Spotted Beebalm, Dotted Horsemint, or Monarda punctata, the blooming of this native wildflower is a reliable signal that the end* is near. (*…of summer) Each year, as children are heading back to school,… Read More

Is Your Landscape Water-Wise?

Vibrant flowers

Is your landscape water-wise? The Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards Program is seeking to recognize landscapes from across the tri-county Tampa Bay* region that showcase the best in “water-wise” design and maintenance.  *(includes Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough) (UPDATE:… Read More