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Top 5 Reasons You Should Check Your Sprinklers NOW!

Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

      Yes, it’s been raining buckets all summer. Hopefully your sprinklers have gotten a good rest… BUT… when the fall “dry season” arrives in central FL, are your sprinklers ready to put water… Read More

UF Researchers Work to Save Pesto!

Basil leaves

Q: What’s wrong with my basil? Here at Extension, we receive a lot of questions about struggling basil. One of the most common issues? A devastating disease called “basil downy mildew” which has become very… Read More

Searching for (and finding!) fireflies… right here in Pasco County!

Nighttime skyline with trees and a single point of light from a firefly

^ Watch the video above to see real live fireflies blinking just a few nights ago in Pasco County – (filmed 7/18/21). Yes – we do have fireflies here in Florida! (Trivia fact – At… Read More

What are those little black discs?

Close-up photo of Bird's nest fungus splash cups in soil

Q: What are those little black discs?   You’re suddenly finding mysterious black discs stuck to your favorite plants? (…or your walls, cars, windows, screens, pets, etc.)   Let me guess… it’s been raining lately…… Read More

The “FFL Law” – It’s complicated…

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Q: Is there really a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ law that allows homeowners to remove their turfgrass and install Florida-Friendly Landscaping without HOA permission?   A: Not exactly… It’s a little more complicated.     Back in… Read More

Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards 2021 – ENTER TODAY!

Flowering shrub in dappled sunlight - Walter's viburnum

Could you have the next winner?     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. This annual contest is… Read More

What happened to FloridaYards.org?

If you’re reading this, you may have noticed a disturbance in the Florida-Friendly force… Yes, one of the original websites for Florida-Friendly Landscaping has disappeared from the interwebs.   Meanwhile, if you’ve visited some of… Read More

Sprinkler tune-up!

Water pours out across sidewalk from damaged sprinkler head

It’s time for a sprinkler tune-up! With another “dry season” approaching in central FL, it’s time to make sure your sprinkler system is putting water where it’s needed, when it’s needed…   So, if you’re… Read More

Signs of “springtime” in central Florida…

Flowering plum tree branch

Signs of “springtime” in central Florida… If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you already know that I love to highlight the unique changes of Florida’s seasons. “Springtime” in Florida is no exception…. Read More

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… Read More