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Category: Lawn

Calibrating a Backpack Sprayer; the 1/128th Rule


February 4, 2022

In preparation for Spring, it is a good idea to make sure your equipment is calibrated and in good working condition. This article discusses a quick and easy method for calibrating a hand-powered, backpack sprayer. Calibration is important so ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Calibration, NFLAG, Pesticide

From Bad to Worse: Common Garden Issues


May 3, 2021

Out of the Frying-Pan, Into the Fire Have you ever heard the phrase, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire?” Although originating from Aesop’s fables, I immediately think of the chapter in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. In the chapter Bilbo ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alachua, BMP, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden Issues, Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape, UF/IFAS Extension
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Diversify the Landscape: Annuals and Perennials


June 8, 2020

Landscape Diversity with Annuals and Perennials Let us spice up our landscapes. Our landscapes our overrun with a limited plant palette. We must diversify the landscape. In this landscape series, “Diversify the Landscape”, we are exploring ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alachua, Diversify The Landscape, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Landscape, UF/IFAS Extension

Diversify the Landscape: Unique Groundcovers


May 25, 2020

A New Groundcover Appeal Tired of the mundane? The ordinary? The boring? Landscapes stippled with the same plant material make me lose my interest in their designs. Nonetheless, let us think outside the normal plant palette. With the next gardening ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alachua, Diversify The Landscape, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Groundcovers, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscape Design, UF/IFAS Extension

Attracting Wildlife with Unbridled Enthusiasm


May 8, 2020

Wildlife in the Environment "DAD! A BUMBLEBEE!” My son yelled excitingly the other day. Of course, it was a dragonfly, but to my two-year-old son, all flying insects are bumblebees. Five minutes later we found ourselves lifting logs, digging ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Alachua, Attracting Wildlife, Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Insects, Landscape, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife

The Importance of Submitting Plant Samples to Diagnostic Laboratories


April 27, 2020

Why Submit a Sample? In this age of modern technology and web based diagnostic platforms, it is becoming much easier for producers and other professionals in plant production to find answers to questions about their growing operations. Although ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease,

Gardening for Earth Day: The Five R’s in the Garden


April 27, 2020

The Five R's of Landscape Maintenance How do you express yourself within your garden or landscape? Typically our landscapes are adorned with beautiful plants that sprinkle the landscape with color. The liveliness and beauty of landscapes are ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Alachua, Conservation, Design, Earth Day, Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Freshwater, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscape Design

The Garden Awaits: April Gardening in Alachua County


April 1, 2020

April is Almost Here Bees are buzzing, flowers blooming, and many plants are awaking from their winter-time slumber. Although many of us are cooped-up and getting a little stir-crazy, the garden awaits. Gardening is one of our most powerful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease
Tags: Environment, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food, Fruits, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Landscape, Landscape Management, Management, Plant Selection, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

Updated 03/16/20 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

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: COVID-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic

Pesticide Applicator Licensing in Florida


February 11, 2020

Pesticide Licensing and Training in Alachua County In order to apply restricted use pesticides in the state of Florida, one must obtain and maintain a pesticide applicator's license. Regulation of these licenses is the responsibility of ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Recreation, Turf,
Tags: License, Pesticide

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