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A Brazilian peppertree branch

How Long Until a New Species Becomes Invasive? Let’s Talk About The Lag Phase!


May 10, 2022

In 1898, Brazilian peppertree or Christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolia) was imported to Florida from South America and sold as an ornamental plant for yards and landscapes. Its glossy leaves and bright red berries made it a gardening hit, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, Work & Life
Tags: Invasive, Invasive Plant Management, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Invasive Species Management, Invasive Species Research, Nonnative, Nonnative Plants, Nonnative Species, UF/IFAS CAIP, Ufifascaip

Better with Butterflies: Pipevine Swallowtail


May 9, 2022

Welcome back to our monthly blog in which we discuss a few interesting facts about butterflies in general and a specific type of butterfly, focusing this month on the pipevine swallowtail. This month I want to talk about how to distinguish ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Butterflies, Butterfly, Butterfly Garden, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Gardening, Landscaping, Moth, Swallowtail

2022 Community Water Wise Awards: Is your yard a winner? Enter your landscape today to find out!


May 5, 2022

By: Doris Heitzmann, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Manager.   The Community Water Wise Awards Program is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and was created to recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving water ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Landscaping, Water, Water Wise
Rain hitting rooftop

Installing your wireless rain sensor


May 2, 2022

Rain Sensors Anyone living in Florida who uses an automatic irrigation system is required by law to have a fully operational rain shut-off device. These devices are crucial in preventing overwatering, which can lead to a number of issues ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conservation, Irrigation, Lawn, Pgm_Water, Programming, Rain Sensor, Storm, Turf, Water

Scarlet Hibiscus – Wild Weeds


May 1, 2022

Wild Weeds - Weed of the Month Scarlet Hibiscus Hibiscus coccienues Scarlet Hibiscus, also called scarlet rosemallow, is an herbaceous to semi-woody perennial wildflower in Florida. You can often find this flower growing in home landscapes ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Natural Resources, NFLAG, Wild Weeds
local produce including potatoes, blueberries, strawberries and onions

Benefits of Eating Local Foods


April 28, 2022

Demand for locally grown food soared during the pandemic, and this trend appears to be holding true for consumers. Concerns about sustainability and a demand for more familiar ingredients have put locally grown products in the spotlight throughout ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Buylocal, Eat Local, Florida Grown, Floridafruits, Floridaproduce, Floridavegetables, Fruit, Local Foods, Local Grown, Ocextension, Vegetables

Video: Collecting a Quality Plant Sample


April 28, 2022

Having a quality turf or plant sample is important to help us at UF IFAS Extension diagnosis a problem or identify a plant. Learn how to collect a sample of both turf and plant material if you will be bringing a sample to your local UF IFAS ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Diagnosis, Disease, Insects, Pests, Plant Identification; Extension, Problem Solving, UF IFAS Extension

WATER WEDNESDAY RECAP – HOW CAN I BE A GOOD STORMWATER NEIGHBOR?


April 26, 2022

Florida is known as the Sunshine State. In fact, it rains a lot here. The annual rainfall amounts range from 40 to 60 inches depending on the location (Florida Climate Center. 2016), which in turns generates a lot stormwater runoff. When it ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn, Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife
Tags: #WaterWednesday, GI, Green Infrastructure, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Low-impact Development, Stormwater, Water Wednesday

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