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Healthy Spring Cleaning


May 2, 2022

By Brenda Marty-Jimenez, UF/IFAS Extension, Broward County, Extension Agent IV Chris Kilbride, UF/IFAS Extension, Emeritus, Martin County, Extension Agent IV   Spring is in the air, time to clean and refresh your surroundings! ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Home Management, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: Avoid Trip And Fall Hazards, Benefits Of Cleaning, Cleaning, Declutter, Engage In Spring Cleaning, Get Help If Needed, Great Benefits Of Cleaning, Healthy Cleaning, Involve The Family In Cleaning, Keep Motivated To Clean, Learn More About Cleaning, Make A Cleaning Checklist, Remove Dust And Allergens, Smaller Tasks, Spring Cleaning

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

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

Does Your Swale Need a Make Over?

donna corbelli castro
November 30, 2021

The South Florida "swale" or tree lawn/parkway as it is called in other parts of the country, describes the green space between the sidewalk and the street. Swales are designed to hold excess water from rain events, allowing the water to percolate ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Establishing Sod, FFL, Newsletter, Sod, Swales, Turf

How to Root Prune and Transplant Field Grown Trees and Shrubs

donna corbelli castro
September 16, 2021

Trees growing in the landscape or field growing in a nursery need special care when transplanting to ensure success. Here's how to do it. Selection and Timing Select only healthy trees that are capable of successful transplantation. Root ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Arboriculture, Field Grown, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Relocating Trees, Root Pruning, Transplanting

THE SABAL PALM – Our Tree of Life

donna corbelli castro
August 4, 2021

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR LIVING Our native sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is a treasure. It has been used by the Native Americans for centuries to provide food, shelter and other useful items. It is considered a "Tree of Life" in their cultures. An ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Ecosystem, FANN, Honeybees, Lethal Bronzing Disease, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Palm Care, Palm Pruning, Sabal Palm, Sabal Palmetto

Get Your Trees Ready for Storm Season Now!


July 8, 2021

Trees are one of a homeowner's most important assets. They provide beauty to our neighborhoods, enhance property values, shade and cool our homes and reduce our energy bills. They also supply the oxygen we need to breathe. Trees mitigate climate ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Ed Gilman, Proper Pruning Techniques, Pruning, Storm Preparedness, Storm Season, Structural Pruning, Tree Trimming, Trees

Much Ado About Weeds

donna corbelli castro
June 24, 2021

Now that the rainy season is officially here, weeds will explode in our plant beds. There is much ado about weeds. What can we do about them? Water Starve Them! We went through a very long dry spell. During that time I decided to do an experiment ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: FFL, Florida Friendly Landscapes, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Weed BMPs, Weed Management, Weeds

How Do I Get a License to Trim Trees in Broward County?

donna corbelli castro
May 27, 2021

Why do I need a license to trim trees? Trees are amazing! They grow in stature and are long lived. Just like us, trees can have special needs, be injured, and because of such injury, can decline or even die. Far too often, due to lack of ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Broward County, Pruning, Tree Trimmer Business, Tree Trimmer Certification, Tree Trimmer License, Tree Trimmer Ordinance, Urban Forest

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