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Lawncare 101 for Central Florida Lawns


April 1, 2022

Caring for your lawn can be a lot of work, and a properly maintained lawn is not only beautiful but functional.  It will filter runoff, reduce erosion, and can reduce heat and glare.  A healthy lawn is functional and if you follow the best ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Fertilizing, Florida-Friendly Plants, Gardening, Irrigation, Lawncare, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, UF-IFAS, Watering
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Composting for Beginners


March 17, 2022

Composting is a great way to practice recycling in your yard. You can reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill as well as create a beneficial soil amendment for your landscape. Most people have all the elements they need to create ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes,
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Composting, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening
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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds


September 17, 2021

Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds. Gather your ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Fruits & Vegetables
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Germination Test, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Seed Germination, Seeds, Swebb, Vegetable Gardening, Vegetables
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UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteer Projects Earn International Recognition


August 24, 2021

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer programs will be recognized for excellence during the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference, hosted by the Virginia Extension Master Gardener Program. Typically, the awards ... READ MORE

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

The Importance of Planning in the Garden


August 9, 2021

As we move towards the fall and cool season gardening, consider the importance of garden planning. Landscape planning and design is well known, but do you plan your edible gardens? From vegetables to herbs to fruit trees, planning for space ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Plants, Garden Calendar, Garden Guide, Garden Journal, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Vegetable Gardening, Your Polk Yard
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Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27


June 21, 2021

Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard? Join in this year’s annual international celebration of Pollinator Week! This event brings ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Butterflies, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Pollinators
Irrigation sprinkler and sign that reads "sun garden".

Saving Water in the Landscape in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series!


May 11, 2021

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of four, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you save water in the landscape and use irrigation more efficiently. Topics include microirrigation, setting your irrigation ... READ MORE

Category: Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Irrigation, Julie Schelb, Microirrigation, Polk County, Polkgardening, Saving Water
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Herbs: A Series of Helpful Fact Sheets


May 4, 2021

Herbs are popular plants for many reasons. They are fun to grow and eat, and are attractive in the landscape. We have developed a series of fact sheets that will help you select, grow, and use common herbs. Click on the links below to download ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Edible Gardening, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Herb Gardening, Herbs, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polkmg
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Six Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day


April 19, 2021

The annual celebration of Earth Day promotes the message that everyone can contribute in a positive way to help preserve and restore our earth’s precious resources. Here are five (no, six!) actions you can take that will positively affect ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Conservation, Earth Day, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Native Plants, Natural Resources, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Wildlife
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Fallen Oak Leaves Make a Great Mulch


March 6, 2021

It is a great time of year to refresh your landscape beds with mulch. A good source for (free) mulch is fallen oak leaves, which are in abundance this time of year. Oak leaves are a lovely shade of brown, are a great compliment to other mulches, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Compost, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Free Mulch, Gardening, Landscaping, Mulch, Oak Leaves, Plants, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg

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