Trees and shrubs can be purchased in many sizes, most are no smaller than a one gallon size, and many go up to 7 gallon (or larger). Because of both size at planting and maturity, cost of plants, and large root spread, planning for proper placement ... READ MORE
Proper planting ensures a good start to a healthy landscape. The following guidelines for installing plants apply for sandy, well-drained soils.
Annuals and Perennials
Annuals and perennials are typically small (4”) to one gallon sized ... READ MORE
It’s the end of summer and it’s hot--and not just hot, but hot and humid! Now is a good time to keep your garden activities to a minimum. If you work in your landscape addressing the few chores that might be necessary, always remember ... READ MORE
Are you an educator interested in building and installing a greenhouse?
Do you have a greenhouse but need age-appropriate curriculum?
The Greenhouse Manual: An Introductory Guide for Educators from the United States Botanical Garden was ... READ MORE
The act of hand-weeding is often considered a dreaded chore, but gardeners take heart! With just a few modifications and – perhaps – a slightly different mindset, you can make this chore less daunting and even enjoyable.
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On June 1, many local fertilizer ordinances start the "blackout period", a restricted time of year where no fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus are to be applied. What does that mean for Polk County?
It is important that residents ... READ MORE
Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo? By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy the presence of small birds, butterflies and other ... READ MORE
Join us in celebrating 30 years of Florida-Florida Friendly Landscaping™ with this blog series. Since 1993, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ has served as the state of Florida’s premier Extension program that promotes sustainable ... READ MORE
What do you see in the photo on the left?
A container of useless dead plants
A bouquet of pollinator plants in their “winter” form
A container showing plants that are a source of nesting and shelter for our over-wintering native ... READ MORE
Most gardeners everywhere enjoy the rewarding experience of being “grounded”, so to speak, by planting and maintaining beautiful garden spaces. And what better way to become grounded in our local environment than by including Florida’s ... READ MORE