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Dirt mounds indicate a ground nesting bee or wasp is present. Photo credit: Anne Yasalonis, UF/IFAS Extension

Bees and Wasps: What to know and when to be concerned


November 4, 2020

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the Asian giant hornet in the United States, but as of today, the hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have only been found in Washington state. Of course, insects can be transported across state lines ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease
Tags: "murder Hornet", Anne Yasalonis, Asian Giant Hornet, Ayasalonis, Bees, Central Florida, Cicada Killer Wasp, Commonly Confused, Dirt Mounds, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Wasps, Wildlife, Yellowjacket

Fertilizer is Regulated. Become a Certified Applicator. Take GI-BMP Class on 12/10/20.


November 3, 2020

That is right! Fertilizer is regulated in Florida and in Orange County. Every person that applies fertilizer for hire is required by law to have a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Fertilizer application. Fertilizer is regulated because ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Best Management Practices, Cflandscapes, Fertilizer Ordinance, Florida, GI-BMP, GIBMP, Green Industries, Green Industries Best Management Practices, Hwooten, Law, Local Fertilizer Ordinance, Orange County, Required, Trained Applicator, Training, Urban Fertilizer

Privet – Wild Weeds


November 1, 2020

Wild Weeds - Weed of the Month Privet Ligustrum sinense and Ligustrum lucidum Two types of privet are found as invasive species in Florida, Chinese Privet (L. sinense) and Glossy Privet (L. lucidum). Both privets are a category 1 invasive ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: FL., Natural Resources, NFLAG, Species Spotlight, Weeds, Wild Weeds
leaves aan berries

Reducing your Seed and Suet Addiction-Plants to Support Wildlife


October 29, 2020

When the cooler weather of fall arrives, many of us think of attracting a delightful gathering of birds to our gardens with a selection of feeders filled with a variety of seed, suet and even meal worms. It can be relaxing and satisfying to ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Backyard Wildlife, Birds, Black Eyed Susan, Goldenrod, Holly, Little Blue Stem, Native Plants, Simpson's Stopper, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County
bats emerging from a large bat house at dusk

Bats- Scary or Awesome?


October 27, 2020

Note: All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life. In fact, the vampire bat does not even live in Florida. ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bats Are Beneficial, Beneficial Wildlife, EDIS Bats, Florida Ecosystems, Florida Native Bats, Flying Mammals, Guano, Insect Pest Management: Bats, Nocturnal Hunters, UF Bat House

‘Flip My Florida Yard’ TV show coming to Alachua County


October 26, 2020

By: Tory Moore, 352-273-3566, torymoore@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- ‘Flip My Florida Yard’ is coming to a backyard near you. Ten homeowners across eight Florida counties were chosen to have their yard “flipped” into a Florida-Friendly ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Alachua, Design, FFL, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Horticulture, Landscape, Landscape Design, UF IFAS Extension
Lawn with mature winter annual lawn weeds in spring

Confusion on Timing of Winter Annual Lawn Weed Control


October 26, 2020

If you’ve had a history of winter annual weeds in your lawn, the best option is to apply a preemergence herbicide during October. But, winter annual lawn weeds don’t exist yet. They are in the form of seeds now. Understanding this ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf
Tags: Annual Weeds, Cool-season Weeds, Herbicides, Lawn, Preemergence, Preventing, Weed Control, Weeds, Winter Weeds

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