Welcome to the first blog in the Florida 101 series! This series of blogs will be geared towards introductions to topics that are important to understand when living in coastal Florida. Whether you are one of the 1,000 new residents who ... READ MORE
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
UF/IFAS Mosquito Experts
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab (FMEL) in Vero Beach, FL. FMEL Assistant Professors Dr. Eva Buckner, Dr. Yoosook Lee, and Dr. Lawrence Reeves ... READ MORE
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
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
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
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
Rain Shut-off Devices
Residents with an automatic irrigation system in the state of Florida are required by law to have a fully operational rain shut-off device. These devices are crucial in preventing overwatering, which can lead to plant ... READ MORE
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
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