Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Metsulfuron-methyl (MSM) Can Cause Problems in Ornamental Plants

Have you seen these symptoms in ornamental plants, especially oaks, after treating nearby turf with metsulferon-methyl (MSM)? Over the past few years, there have been numerous inquiries regarding damage to ornamental plants growing near turfgrass areas that have been… Read More

Florida’s Spring Wildflowers

Guest post by Extension Specialist, James Stevenson.  What a colorful spring we are enjoying! Perhaps due to this year’s mild and wet winter, spring came early and with great wildflower flourish. It is certainly worth getting out in… Read More

What’s So Bad About Invasive Plants?

As my colleague Lara pointed out on February 15th, this week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. We’ll be teaching many classes (schedule at link above) around Pinellas County to help you learn about invasive plants. So why are invasive… Read More

Hummingbirds Arriving

The hummingbird fall migration has begun and when I saw my first hummingbird of the season it was feeding on one of its favorite plants – firebush. The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird in Florida and… Read More

DIY Sub-Irrigated Planter

Build Your Own Sub-Irrigated Planter!   What is a sub-irrigated planter? It’s a unique type of growing container that uses a different method for watering plants. Instead of watering the plant from the top, the water is stored in a reservoir… Read More

Groundwater Depletion Staggering

For the full article see: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86263&src=eoa-iotd Florida’ water basin, along with many others in the world, is being rapidly depleted. Much more fresh water is being consumed than is being replaced. New information gained from NASA satellites shows… Read More