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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We did it! Thank you to the Florida Master Gardener Program Volunteers, Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Hillsborough County Park staff who came out on June 28th to plant 60 native plants of 20 different species. Our ... READ MORE
We would love to C.E.U. in person at CEU Day! You know you need CEUs, so come hang out with experienced Extension Agents to talk plants, palms, and pests in a comfortable and engaging environment. Plus, virtually, we cannot hear the laughter ... READ MORE
View the recording of our Edible Landscaping webinar on YouTube here.
The concept of edible landscaping primarily applies to growing vegetables, herbs and fruit trees in a way where it fits in with your home landscape. With proper plant ... READ MORE
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
Have you heard of Thrips parvispinus and Lebeck mealybug, two of the newest invasive pest species to impact horticulture in Central Florida, and are interested in learning more?
The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center will be hosting ... READ MORE