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Category: Home Landscapes

Updates on Suspicious Seed Packets: How to properly dispose of seeds

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What is going on with the seeds? If you have not heard about these suspicious seed packets, visit this blog post for the full story. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) believes that the seeds may be… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Make Your Backyard a Wet Oasis for Wildlife

As our state continues to grow, wildlife is experiencing habitat loss due to development. In Florida, urban areas are a dominant feature in the landscape, and many of these urban areas are situated near natural wildlife preserves. What… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Water Gone Virtual

Do you know how much water you use on a daily basis? Have you heard of virtual water? Did you know that water is used to create nearly every product out there, including our food? Last Water Wednesday,… Read More

Digital Diagnostics: Getting answers to your plant problems during times of social distancing

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What is digital diagnostics? Digital diagnostics is the use of digital photos to identify problems. In the plant world, we can use digital diagnostics to answer questions about our plants. In times of social distancing and limited person-to-person… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Saving Water with Florida-Friendly Plants

Did you know half of our household water is used in lawns? Saving Florida’s water resources is a vital responsibility of everyone. Last Water Wednesday, I invited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent, Tina McIntyre, to give us a talk… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

A great way to save water, and money on your water bills, is to build your own rain barrel to capture rainwater. Last Water Wednesday, Tina McIntyre, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent in UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, and Krista… Read More

Water Wednesday – Different Types of Rain Sensors

Did you know by Florida Statute requires “Any person who operates an automatic landscape irrigation system shall properly install, maintain, and operate technology that inhibits or interrupts operation of the system during periods of sufficient moisture.” (Florida Statute 373.62)…. Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Florida Automated Weather Network

Have you heard of FAWN? What is FAWN? FAWN is Florida Automated Weather Network. It is a University of Florida-operated service aiding agricultural decision-makers statewide since 1997. Last Water Wednesday, we invited the Project Manager of FAWN, Rick… Read More

Water Wednesday Recap – Irrigation and Calibration

Why do we have irrigation systems in Florida? What are irrigation system requirements and why does what we do in our own yards impact Florida’s water? Last Water Wednesday, Tina McIntyre and Brooke Moffis, the Horticulture Agents in… Read More