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Tag: Florida Friendly

Sustainability, what is it all about?

Sustainability, what is it all about? It is a question that needs discussion. Can we adopt sustainable practices for energy, water, food, stuff? The products we buy, the way we maintain our home and landscape, the cars we… Read More

Florida’s Natural Melody: Landscape Patterns and Stream Health

Florida’s Natural Melody Have you ever gone paddling on a local spring run or river and sat silently listening to the wind, bird songs, rustling leaves, or lapping sounds of water along the bank-especially in the early morning?… Read More

Beyond Installation: Designing with Maintenance in Mind

Landscapes in Time I remember planting a small pine sapling when I was three years old in my parents’ backyard. By the time I moved the tree was already 25’ tall. Last March I saw the tree and… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Master Gardener Garden Bench: Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path By Norma Kisida, Master Gardener Volunteer 2012 Article from the September 2019 addition of the award winning Master Gardening Bench monthly newsletter created by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manatee County.  If you enjoy gardens you… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More

EDIS Update: Marketing Florida-Friendly Landscapes to Florida Homeowners

Florida-Friendly Landscapes (FFL) is a program unique to the state that provides information to homeowners about installing sustainable landscapes that require less water, attracts wildlife and are better for the environment. Many residents are resorting to ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY)… Read More