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When a Snake in the Grass is Just a Snake in the Grass

donna corbelli castro
March 28, 2023

Spring means snakes. If you are quiet and observant, you can see the natural world around us speaking Spring.  The birds are chirping more energetically, the butterflies are eagerly seeking nectar and host plants, the wildflowers (weeds to ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Biological Control, Ecology, Florida Snakes, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Snake Id, Snakes, Venomous Snakes

Enjoy Seasonal Strawberries


March 27, 2023

National Strawberry Month is celebrated during the month of May. It’s a good time to think about eating, growing, picking, serving and storing delicious and sweet strawberries. Strawberries are grown year round and Florida grows a lot of berries. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Cutting Boards, Diet, Eat Plenty Of Fruit And Vegetables, Enjoy Strawberries, Flavored Water, Florida, Follow MyPlate Guidelines, Food Safety, Food Waste Prevention Week, Freezing Strawberries, Fresh Produce, Fruit, Good Health, Growing Strawberries, Heart Shaped Berries, Immunity And Vitamin C, Master Gardener, MyPlate, National Strawberry Month, Nutrition, Prevent Food Waste, Prevent Foodborne Illness, Reduce Chronic Disease, Strawberries, Strawberry, Strawberry Farms, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Yogurt Parfait, UF/IFAS Solutions, Vitamin C, Wash Cutting Boards, Wash Hands For 20 Seconds, Washing Strawberries, Well Balanced Meals, Well-balanced Diet, White Strawberries

Landscape Professionals: Add “Certified Florida-Friendly Landscaper” to Your Resume

donna corbelli castro
February 16, 2023

If you do landscape maintenance, or own a landscape design company, perhaps you strive to be a cut above the rest?  If so, then becoming a Florida-Friendly landscaping professional may be for you! The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: Best Management Practices, Broward County, Featured, FFL, FFLCP, Florida Friendly, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Gibmp, Green Industry, Landscape Design, Landscaping, Newsletter, Sustainable Landscaping

Gator Nation Giving Day in Broward County

Alexandra stands in a field with grapevines in the background.
February 15, 2023

Giving to the Gator Nation isn't just for Gainesville It's often said that "The Gator Nation is everywhere". Many people don't realize just how true that is here in Florida. All 67 counties of Florida have a piece of the university in them- ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, NATURAL RESOURCES, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: 4-H, Alexandra Goetz, Broward 4-H, Broward County, Extension, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Youth

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Broward County Project Recognitions-La Finca


January 5, 2023

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo   What motivates people to adopt and model sustainable landscape practices in their urban landscapes? Meet Broward County Master Gardener Volunteer Jeannie ... READ MORE

Category: Community Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife
Tags: Attract Wildlife, Birds, Broward County, Butterflies, Edible Landscape, FFL, Finca, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscape, Food Forest, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Provide For Wildlife, Urban Environments

Pass the Torch – Plant Torchwood

donna corbelli castro
December 19, 2022

Torchwood is a very unique and under-utilized native tree that occurs mostly in South Florida and the Florida Keys. It also occurs in Mexico and the Caribbean.  It can also grow on the East Coast of Florida to 9B, around St. Augustine. Torchwood ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Amyris Elemifera, FANN, Florida Association Of Native Nurseries, Florida Keys, Fragrant Trees, Giant Swallowtail, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Schaus Swallowtail, Small Trees, Torchwood, Underutilized Tree

Nature’s Best Hope

donna corbelli castro
November 23, 2022

Nature's Best Hope, A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard As the year draws to a close, and we start thinking about the holidays and gift giving, consider this book, by Douglas W. Tallamy.  If you are a nature lover, environmentalist, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, NATURAL RESOURCES, , Work & Life
Tags: Conservation, Doug Tallamy, FFL, Gardening, Nature, Newsletter, Wildlife Gardening

Queen and Washingtonia Palms are Under Attack


November 22, 2022

The culprit is a fungus known as Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. palmarum We continue to lose many Queen and Washingtonia palms in residential and commercial properties all over South Florida.  According to University of Florida IFAS Extension, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Fusarium Oxysporum, Palm Diseases, Queen Palm, Washingtonia Palm

How to Harvest a Jackfruit

donna corbelli castro
October 12, 2022

Harvesting a Jackfruit is like giving birth! For those of us who love fruit trees in our landscapes, probably nothing is more exciting than harvesting a Jackfruit.  They are the most unusual looking trees you have ever seen.  If you have ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Artocarpus Heterophyllus, Fruit Trees, Jackfruit, Newsletter

Royal Poinciana – Beautiful, but Poor Compartmentalizers.

donna corbelli castro
September 8, 2022

A picture is often worth a thousand words. As an ISA certified certified arborist, when I saw this huge Royal Poinciana collapsed on a sunny day, with no wind, rain, or other adverse weather conditions, I just had to stop and find out what ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: Compartmentalization, Delonix Regia, Ed Gilman, Newsletter, Newsletter Highlight, Newsletter2, Royal Poinciana, Tree Care, Tree Failure, Tree Pruning

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