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Beautiful Florida-Friendly salmon colored New guinea Impatiens contrast with blueish hued junipers in the foreground.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is what your yard needs


March 25, 2022

Reinventing landscaping Once upon a time, there was something called Xeriscaping and it was quite the rage. A great idea, it would create a low-maintenance yard that required less water and inputs. The problem was that it wasn't developed for ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Classes, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Master Gardeners
Bright red clusters of Penta flowers

Planting for Pollinators


June 29, 2021

Greener is not always better Yards with only green grass and green hedges in them can seem a boring place. Especially when they don't have anything blooming. There actually is a lot more to it than how it looks to you or visitors.  Your yard ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bees, Birds, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Insects, Master Gardeners, Pollinator Plants, Pollinators
Two alligators lounge tail to tail on a canal bank.

Being Florida-Friendly™


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

Bird Watching Series: Woodpeckers


April 24, 2020

Have you been practicing your bird identification skills from last week? I hope you were able to identify one new bird outside. If you missed it last week's Raptors & Vultures post, click here. This week, we will be learning about “Woodpeckers”. ... READ MORE

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

Bird Watching Series: Raptors &Vultures


April 17, 2020

Have you been practicing your bird identification skills from last week? I hope you were able to identify one new bird outside. If you missed it last week's Birds of Prey post, click here. This week, we will be learning about “Raptors & ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: 4-H, Agriculture, Birds, HCLivestock, Highlands County, Highlands County 4-H, Livestock, Wildlife

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