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Being Florida-Friendly™

david austin
April 30, 2021

Water, water, everywhere We are in Florida after all. Who would believe we could run out of water? It seems the sunshine state is practically surrounded by water and inland, the freshwater springs and lakes seem abundant. They are, but the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Coasts & Marine, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 2)


May 5, 2020

Week 2 of Songbirds! How many songbirds were you able to identify last week from part 1? If you missed it last week’s Songbirds (Part 1) post, click here. This week, we will be learning more "Songbirds". These birds can be seen in agricultural ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Lawn, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: 4-H, Activity, Birds, Conservation, Highlands County, Master Gardener, Wildlife

Bird Watching Series: Songbirds (Part 1)


May 1, 2020

This week is all about songbirds! There are many other songbirds in Central Florida you can identify, but here are a few we can practice this week. Have you been following along with our weekly Bird Watching Series? I hope you were able to ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: 4-H, Activity, Agriculture, Birds, Gardening, HCLivestock, Highlands County, Highlands County 4-H, Wildlife
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Keeping Your Yard Florida-Friendly

david austin
April 15, 2020

Keeping it Green If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add to the difficulty. The key to these differences ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Landscaping, Master Gardeners
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science logo over the Florida Master Gardener Logo

Master Gardener training begins January 25th

david austin
December 31, 2019

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class kicks off. After that first Saturday class, classes will be on Wednesdays until the last Wednesday ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Vegetable
Beautiful Florida-Friendly salmon colored New guinea Impatiens contrast with blueish hued junipers in the foreground.

Are You Florida-Friendly?

david austin
March 29, 2019

  Learning to Landscape If you are a gardener and you have lived anywhere else, you realize pretty quickly that Florida is different. The weather, the bugs and a whole lot of other gardening issues add to the difficulty. The key to these ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Conservation, Florida-Friendly, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Landscaping
Close-up of red and green caladium foliage.

Highlands County Master Gardener class starting January 26th

david austin
January 16, 2019

Sharpen your gardening skills! Highlands County Master Gardener Class is getting ready to start. Every year, the last Saturday in January, the class begins. The classes are every Wednesday after opening day until the last Wednesday in March. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Citrus, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, Plant Problems, Turfgrass
Ice covers limbs of peaches. Overlayed with text, Protecting your plants.

Are Your Plants Protected from the Cold ?

david austin
January 3, 2018

Does my ficus need a jacket? Florida usually has several days that your more tropical plants might be in danger. When frost is predicted you will want to protect your more sensitive plants. Identifying the plants in your yard that are sensitive ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn
Tags: Agriculture, Cold, Highlands County, Master Gardeners, Protection, Weather, Winter Lawn

Winter Tips for Turfgrass in Highlands County


October 3, 2017

Article written by Highlands County Master Gardener Volunteer: Charles Reynolds for publication on October 8th, 2017 in the Highlands Today Newspaper. Florida lawns may go into a form of dormancy during the winter but there are several things ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bahia, Centipede Grass, Fertilizer, HCMG, Large Patch Lawn Disease, St. Augustine, Turf Colarants, Turfgrass, Winter Lawn, Zoysia

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