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Combining Classroom Instruction with Yard Evaluations to Promote Florida-Friendly Landscaping A. Marek, UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County, Ocala, FL

Situation: With exponential population growth in Marion County has come an ever-increasing demand for fresh water, particularly for irrigation. The Marion County Florida-Friendly Landscaping program offers programs year-round to educate the public and municipalities about… Read More

ADVANCED TRAINING PROMOTES MASTER GARDENER DIAGNOSTIC CONFIDENCE. L. Sanderson, UF/IFAS Extension, Sumter County, Bushnell, FL

Situation: Central Florida, including Sumter County and surrounding counties, is characterized by at least 71 adult retirement communities some of which have only a couple of thousand homes, and others which are over 50,000 homes. … Read More

WARM SEASON TURFGRASS AESTHETIC FREEZE TOLERANCE G. Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension, Osceola County Horticulture Agent, J.S Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension Director, Osceola County, M. Smith, Multi-Counties Horticulture Agent.

Situation: In many parts of the United States, freeze tolerance of warm season turfgrass is measured by survivability of the turf. In Florida, it is purely aesthetic. Many homeowners desire a non-dormant grass during the… Read More

TO COMPARE THE EFFECTS OF TAKE-ALL ROOT ROT ON WARM-SEASON TURF GRASS G. Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County

Situation: During the growing season, eight out of ten lawn problems in Osceola County caused by take-all root rot. The disease is known to affect all warm season turf grass species. Not all turf species… Read More

TEACHING RESIDENTS ON FACEBOOK LIVE. W. Lester, UF/IFAS Extension, Hernando County, Brooksville, FL.

1)Situation/Target Audience: The UF/IFAS Hernando County horticulture program provides education to residents on a wide variety of landscape topics. This is especially important now that we have so many new residents moving here from other… Read More

DEMONSTRATION GARDEN RENOVATION Terra Freeman, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, FL.

Situation: The St. Johns County Master Gardener program maintains the 54 acres of gardens and landscape that surround the extension office as a demonstration tool. Prior to my arrival, the Master Gardener program was dysfunctional… Read More

CALCULATING FERTILIZER EASILY: A USEFUL TOOL T. McIntyre UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL 32773

Situation/Problem Statement and Objectives:  Nutrient runoff and leaching can be attributed to a lack of best management practices in the home landscape, including improper fertilization. Homeowners play an integral role in how they or their… Read More

ADAPTIVE GARDENING: IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY AND INJURY PREVENTION Sullivan, J., Agriculture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL, Pabon, E., Residential Horticulture Agent, University of Florida IFAS Extension-Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL

Situation: Gardening can be a relaxing hobby that improves our physical and psychological health, with benefits including lowering blood pressure, improving motor skills, and reducing stress and depression. Gardening, however, can become an overwhelming or… Read More

Trait-Based Guidance for Stormwater Pond Plantings

What are Stormwater Ponds: Stormwater ponds are common features of urban landscapes. Recently, members of the SHED Group estimated over 95,000 stormwater ponds in Florida. These human-made ecosystems serve a very important function. They capture… Read More