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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Water Wednesday Recap – How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

A great way to save water, and money on your water bills, is to build your own rain barrel to capture rainwater. Last Water Wednesday, Tina McIntyre, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent in UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, and Krista… Read More

Gardens of the World: A Beginning Along a River

A Beginning Along a River Imagine yourself nomadically wandering a desert, constantly searching for your next meal and freshwater, when you suddenly come upon a vibrant river teeming with life.  The river’s seasonal ebbs-and-flows formed a landscape prime… Read More

Dandelion – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Dandelion Pyrrhopappus carolinianus This Florida native is a common plant found in natural areas, yards, cultivated gardens…pretty much everywhere! The dandelion is the only food source for a small bee (Hemihalicus… Read More

Water Wednesday – Different Types of Rain Sensors

Did you know by Florida Statute requires “Any person who operates an automatic landscape irrigation system shall properly install, maintain, and operate technology that inhibits or interrupts operation of the system during periods of sufficient moisture.” (Florida Statute 373.62)…. Read More

Rain Sensors Help Protect Our River and Lagoon

On a walk through neighborhoods between periods of heavy rain, have you ever seen sprinklers running unnecessarily?  During our rainy summers, the sight is pretty common, especially in the early mornings.  All the extra water can contribute to… Read More

Take a Break from Virtual Learning and Take Your Children Outside

Wonders of your Backyard There are so many wonders of nature in our own backyards or at a local park. They key is to slow down and look really closely. There are frogs, lizards, dragonflies, birds and unusual… Read More

Gardening with Ginger and Turmeric

Here in South Florida there are many species of spices we can grow in our gardens.  Ginger, Zingiber officinale, and Turmeric, Curcuma longa, are just two popular spices that can grow well in our Florida gardens. Both are… Read More

Managing Palm Fertilization during “Black-Outs”

One of the 9 Florida Friendly Landscaping principles is “Fertilize Appropriately”.  As a homeowner or landscaper, sometimes it’s difficult to know what that means during fertilizer “black-out” periods. Fertilizer black-out times are when we are forbidden to use… Read More