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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

Jaboticaba – A Fruit Worth the Wait

donna corbelli castro
August 25, 2022

  This fruit tree is a superstar in Brazil. In the plant world, there are some superstars.  Sometimes it's because of their beauty, like roses and orchids.  Sometimes it's due to their usefulness like corn and bamboo.  Sometimes it's ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Brazil, Brazilian Grape, Fruit Trees, Jaboticaba, Myrciaria Cauliflora, Newsletter, Plinia Cauliflora

Provide for Wildlife- The Malachite Butterfly


June 24, 2022

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo Our urban yards are the first line of defense to protect local wildlife. Have you ever thought about what happens when a native wooded area is cleared for a building ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife
Tags: #UFBugs, Butterflies, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Insects, Landscapes, Lepidoptera, Malachite, Nature Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardeners, Urban Area, Urban Environments

How to Grow a Forest – My 25 Year Experiment

donna corbelli castro
April 21, 2022

Why make a forest? I was born in Buffalo, NY and then moved to Durham, North Carolina after college.  Both of these areas were less populated and had lots of forested areas near the urban centers.  South Florida, I soon discovered, had hardly ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: 2022 Blogger Award Winner, Bird Habitat, Climate Change Solutions, Earth Day, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Low Maintenance, Making A Forest, Most Impactful, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Plant More Trees, Planting A Forest, Recipe For A Forest, Urban Forest

Provide for Wildlife-The Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly


February 24, 2022

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo Our urban yards are the first line of defense to protect local wildlife. If you want to have bees, butterflies, birds, and more visit your garden, you must support ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water, Welcome, Wildlife
Tags: Broward County, Butterflies, Cloudless Sulphur, Conservation, Extension, Featured, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Life Cycles, Native Plants, Special Topics, Twitter @UF_IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Master Gardeners, Urban Environments, Urban Gardening, Urban Horticulture

It’s Easy as One, Two, Three. (So, Don’t Do This To Your Trees!)

donna corbelli castro
February 17, 2022

Tree pruning is both science and art. I became interested in tree pruning via the art of bonsai.  In bonsai (which literally means, "tree in a pot",  I became aware that there was a right and wrong way to prune.  Years later, while becoming ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Broward Extension Tree Trimming Training, Commhortbroward.eventbrite.com, Ed Gilman, How To Prune A Tree, Pruning, Structural Pruning, Three Step Cut, Tree Care, Tree Pruning, Tree Trimming, Trees

Some Like it Short

donna corbelli castro
December 21, 2021

What is a solstice? December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year. After this, each following day will be longer than the previous one. This will go on until the days are of equal length. When days are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Christmas, Dombeya, Equinox, Jacquemontia, Long Day, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Photoperiodism, Poinsettia, Short Day, Solstice

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