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An assortment of Florida grown agriculture commodities, including tomatoes, potatoes, and citrus. Photo taken 05-09-16.

Agriculture tours make for a great day to see the Real Florida


January 14, 2019

Florida Agriculture When you think of Florida, you may think of citrus. In Highlands County we live among the many orange groves. We are the 3-4th largest citrus producing county in the state, depending on the year. We are also an agricultural ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Livestock, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Ag Tour, Agriculture, Citrus, Conservation, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Horticulture, Livestock, Tours, Turfgrass

Creating a Florida-Friendly Landscape


January 2, 2019

The traditional Florida garden is characterized with wildlife activity, indigenous colors, and textures. You might think that maintaining a traditional Florida garden may be costly and strenuous, but it is not. There is a simplified way that ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Florida Friendly Landscape, Gardening Information, Mastergardeners, Non Point Pollution, Plant Festival
Sprinklers watering grass, misting due to high pressure

Less water, better landscape


December 11, 2018

Excessive or inefficient watering of a landscape can be just as harmful as giving too little water. The best Florida-Friendly Landscapes only put water where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Check out these simple tricks to help save water, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lawn, Water
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Rain Barrels, Rainfall, Shade, Smart Irrigation, Smart Water Application Technology, Soil Moisture Sensor, SWAT, Turf, Water, Water Conservation

World Soil Day is December 5th. This is what you can do!


December 4, 2018

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on December 5th to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. An international day to celebrate soil was recommended by the International ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Livestock, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Agriculture, Florida Friendly, Natural Resources, Soil, Water, World Soil Day

Fighting the Freeze: Landscape Cold Protection


November 27, 2018

When temperatures drop below freezing for the first time of year, it seems from my perspective that a bit of panic sets in. Early in the winter season many of our landscape plants are still in full bloom and it is just so disappointing knowing ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Citrus, Clay County, Cold, Florida, Florida Friendly, Freeze, Frost, Hibiscus, Mound, Mounding, North Florida, Weather, Winter

Love Bugs!


November 11, 2018

Say What? No, this is not a treatise on lovebugs. It is an admonishment to: Love bugs (insects)! If you are one of those people who are aghast at this request – please keep reading. Just the facts, Ma'am: Only 1% of insect species ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Beneficial Insects

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