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Tag: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Good To Grow! Spring 2020 Update

COVID-19 Update It is our hope that you and your family are well and are staying safe. To say that these are trying times, is an understatement. However, the UF/IFAS Extension commitment to our community, clientele, and stakeholders,… 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

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause aesthetic damage. To… 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

Saving our feathered friends from window collisions

Have you ever heard that sickening thud as a bird hits your house or office window? Environment Canada ranked window collisions as the second-highest direct human cause of bird deaths in Canada, behind only habitat loss. They estimated that… 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