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Category: Natural Resources

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… 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,… Read More

April showers…?

Rusty lyonia flowering with bee

What image comes to mind when you hear the term “drought-tolerant plant?”   Ugh. Unfortunately, there are a handful of common misconceptions about drought-tolerant landscaping that just won’t go away. Too often, the phrase “drought-tolerant”… Read More

Less water, better landscape

Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

Excessive or inefficient watering of a landscape can be just as harmful as giving too little water. The best Florida-Friendly Landscapes only put water where it’s needed, when it’s needed.  Check out these simple tricks… Read More

Florida Fall Color

Fall color in Florida - holly berries and red leaves

Florida is known for warm weather, sandy beaches, theme parks…. but fall color? We’ve got that too! Here’s how to embrace the change in seasons, Florida-Friendly style.   Up north, the spectacle of autumn leaves… Read More

Sprinkler Checkup – Part 2 – Rain Sensors!

In a recent blog post, we covered the basics of doing a sprinkler “wet-check.” (If you missed that post, or want a quick review, click here.) In today’s post, we’re focusing entirely on rain sensors,… Read More

Water Wise Awards Program – Final call for 2018 entries!

Is your landscape “water-wise?”     If you live in the tri-county Tampa Bay area and answered “yes”  –   …your yard could be a winner!  But time to enter is running out ~ All entries must… Read More

Can A Landscape Be Fire-Wise, While Still Achieving Other Goals?

Fire in wooded area

As we reach the peak of the springtime dry season in Florida, it is a time to be extra-aware of wildfire risks. Pasco County Fire Rescue’s social media page recently reminded residents of the importance… Read More

Healthy Lifestyle Guidance from Farm to Table and Home

The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office, located in Dade City, offers a large variety of free healthy lifestyle and eating classes of which you may not have heard. Some of the programming includes… Read More