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How safe is rain barrel water quality for growing gardens, landscapes in South Florida?

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October 18, 2023

Much more than a garden trend, rain barrels are an eco-friendly long-term solution to sustainable watering. They save money, promote water conservation and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, potentially reducing flooding. While rainwater ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Ask IFAS, Eco-friendly, Flood Prevention, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Garden, Gardening, Horticultre, Kimberly Moore, Lorna Bravo, Mica McMillan, Money Saving, Plants, Potted Plants, Rain, Rain Barrel, Rain Water, South Florida, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Watering, UF-IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension Broward County, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, Vegetable Garden, Water Conservation, Watering Plants

UF researchers urge homeowners to view irrigation as a way to supplement rain

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December 20, 2022

You set your automatic sprinkler, and it activates, right on schedule – even if it’s raining. Many people see rain as a bonus – on top of their sprinkler -- when they should view precipitation as their cue to conserve water, University ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Lawn, Water
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication, Conservation, Habits, Homeowners, Intenders, Irrigation, John Diaz, Laura Warner, Lawns, Non-intenders, Rain, Water

The Rain Sensor: Is your Rainy Season Hero Alive and Well?

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June 14, 2022

Over here in Southwest Florida, rainy season has officially begun! The unsung hero of the rainy season is none-other than the rain sensor! Rain sensors interrupt your irrigation system controller's programmed schedule when adequate rainfall ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Irrigation, Mobile Irrigation Lab, Rain, Rain Sensor, Save Water, Sprinklers, Water Conservation

UF study: Stormwater ponds do little to prevent pollution in nearby lakes and ponds

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March 31, 2022

For years, scientists questioned the ability of stormwater ponds to keep nutrients out of lakes and rivers. Turns out, they were right to be suspicious, new University of Florida research shows. Stormwater ponds are built to prevent soil ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Basil Iannone, BMPs, Depressional Wetlands, Kayla Hess, Lakes, Mowing, Nitrogen, Nutrients, Phosphorus, Rain, Retention Ponds, Rivers, Stormwater, Stormwater Ponds, Urban, Urban Ecology
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How to use your rain gauge

March 22, 2022

Rain Gauges Ever heard of a rain gauge? No? Maybe you have an idea, but you aren't quite sure. Well, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn what a rain gauge is, how it works, and how easy it is to use one in your home landscape. What ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conservation, Conserve, Irrigation, Pgm_Water, Preserve, Rain, Resources, Save, Water

Check for Operational Irrigation Rain Shutoff—It is the Law

July 6, 2021

It is important for us to conserve water in our landscapes anywhere that we can, so let’s make the easy improvements first! ALL landscape irrigation systems REQUIRE a rain sensor or other type of shut off device. This ensures that you are ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Cflandscapes, FFL, Florida Freindly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Hwooten, Irrigation, Irrigation Shut Off, Landscape, Law, Rain, Rain Sensor, Rain Shut-off, Rainy Season, Save Water, Sensor, Shut Off, Water Wise

UF scientist finds way to reduce greenhouse gas in soil

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January 19, 2021

When soil gets saturated with water, the ground can produce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that depletes the ozone, the layer that protects plants and animals on Earth from harmful ultraviolet light. For context, nitrous oxide is 310 times ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, SFYL Hot Topic
Tags: David Liu, Emissions, Farms, Fertilizer, Greenhouse Gas, Horticultural Sciences, Irrigation, Nitrous Oxide, Ozone, Rain, Reduce, Soil

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