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Scent-sational Shrubs: Unveiling the Aromatic Allure of the Tea Olive

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September 22, 2023

When it comes to choosing plants for my yard, I follow my nose. And I have found nothing is more aromatically exquisite than the Osmanthus fragrans, tea olive tree. The tea olive is a tree, reaching heights of 20 feet or more, but since it ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Clay County, Florida, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscaping, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer
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Plant This, Not That Lecture, Master Gardener Plant Sale


September 18, 2023

The plants you bring home from garden centers and nurseries may look beautiful in your landscape but they might be invasive species that could escape your yard and quickly spread into natural areas, becoming an ecological and economic nightmare. To ... READ MORE

Category: Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species
Tags: Florida-Friendly Plants, Invasive Plants, Master Gardener Volunteers, Native Plants, Plant Sale, Seminar

Marvelous Mulberries

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September 11, 2023

The mulberry (Morus spp.) is a fruiting tree rich in flavor, with nutritious foliage, a myriad of medicinal and culinary value, and a fascinating history. With numerous species, hybrids, and endless cultivars to choose from—a mulberry may ... READ MORE

Category: , Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alternative Fruit, Backyard Fruit, Central Florida Gardening, Florida Friendly, Fruit, Fruit Tree, Fruit Trees, Gardening Solutions

Why Does Soil pH Matter?


September 10, 2023

Why does soil pH matter? The foundation of every successful garden starts with quality soil. Whether you’re growing vegetables, flowers, turf, shrubs, or any other plant matter, you must be aware of your soil pH and understand that it can ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Garden, Jeremy Rhoden, Soil PH, Soil Test, Turf, Vegetable Gardens

Post-Hurricane Landscaping Tips: Check for ‘Widow Makers’

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September 5, 2023

Hurricanes can wreak havoc on our landscapes, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Lately this destruction seems constant, Irma, Ian, and now Idalia have all caused significant tree damage to our area in recent years. While many ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Work & Life
Tags: FFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Hurricane, Landscape, Pgm_HortRes, Storm, StormPrep

September 2023 First Friday with Florida First Detector


September 5, 2023

Recap of September 2023 First Friday with Florida First Detector For our September First Fridays with Florida First Detector, we revisited some basics about invasive species and their impacts on Florida. An invasive species is a non-native ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Biosecurity, Early Detection, FFD23-24, FloridaFirstDetector, Invasive Species, SeminoleCountyAg
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' and Black Eyed Susan

Late summer in your Florida-Friendly landscape: A few quick tips

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September 2, 2023

It’s the end of summer and it’s hot--and not just hot, but hot and humid!  Now is a good time to keep your garden activities to a minimum. If you work in your landscape addressing the few chores that might be necessary, always remember ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Native Plants, Polkgardening, Polkmg, UF-IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Gopher Apple – Wild Weeds


September 1, 2023

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Gopher Apple Licania michauxii   Gopher apple is a low-growing woody shrub that aptly received it's name since as an important food source for gopher tortoises. The fruit is also edible to humans ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Natural Resources, NFLAG, Wild Weeds

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