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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Growing the Master Gardener program

volunteer of the month (white background)

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County thanks the first volunteer of the month for 2020 and selects Deborah Morgan for January. Deborah is a graduate of the Sarasota County Master Gardener Volunteer program in 2018 and has been an excellent… Read More

A curfew for poinsettias!

Poinsettias grow in a greenhouse at Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Bradenton

Let’s talk poinsettias: most people either love them or hate them – there is little middle ground. Many people love their cheery colors, while many others hate that the plants can be temperamental, dropping all  their leaves if… Read More

Tree-juvenation?

Trees line and shade a roadway.

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

a collection of twospotted mites on a green background. twospotted mites are a major pest on more than 200 species of plants

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

For the love of bugs!

“It’s a buggy world” is a sentiment that definitely rings true here in the sunshine state. With a conservative estimate of over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, there seems to be six-legged critters everywhere you look. Have… Read More

Summer’s rainbow of flowers

So many flowers…so little time. Summer’s flowering tree displays range from the warm orange-red hues of the Royal Poinciana (count yourself VERY fortunate if you own a yellow poinciana – they are quite uncommon), and the scarlet tones of… Read More