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Take the pledge – Prevent “muhly mutilation!”

Muhly grass, backlit by the warm glow of autumn sun

Public Service Announcement:  YOU can help prevent “muhly mutilation!” Every year, just as the fall muhly grass extravaganza is about to begin… …an unfortunate (but fully preventable) horror-show occurs. And this one isn’t related to… Read More

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

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

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

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… 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,… 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… Read More