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Success story: Hillsborough County Extension office gets makeover thanks to Tampa Bay Estuary Program mini grant

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April 17, 2024

Landscape plants add beauty to our community, but also provide valuable ecosystem services, such as providing habitat for wildlife, preventing soil erosion and contribute to a resilient natural environment. Native plants, specifically, are ... READ MORE

Category: , Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Class, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Grant, Tampa Bay, Tsilvasy

It’s Lubber Grasshopper Season!

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April 1, 2024

Eastern lubber grasshoppers are very interesting because in the early part of their lifecycle when they are nymphs, their colors are black with a red or yellow stripe, whereas adults are yellow with patterns of red and black. They can do significant ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Florida-friendly Landscaping, Grasshopper, Hillsborough, Insect, Landscape, Pest, Tampa
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Exploring Alternatives to Turfgrass for Your Landscape

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March 21, 2024

  Are you considering replacing your traditional turfgrass for reasons beyond just foot traffic, such as water conservation, low maintenance, or simply seeking a more environmentally friendly option? If so, you're not alone! In this article, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Discovery Garden, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Groundcovers, Hillsborough County, Uf/ifas Extension

Winter Pruning Maintenance: Tips for a Healthy Landscape

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February 8, 2024

The Importance of Winter Pruning: Welcome to the end months of winter, where the chill in the air signals not only a change in the weather but also a crucial time for winter maintenance in your landscape. One of the key practices for ensuring ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Aborist, BMPs, Crapemurder, Crapemyrtle, FFL, IFAS, ISA, Landscaping, Pruning, Winter

Fall Lawn Care

October 2, 2023

October marks the end of most fertilizer restrictions in the Tampa Bay area. Most “summer bans” restrict the application of nitrogen and phosphorous from June 1st through September 30 during the rainy season. During the summer ban other ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Fall_lawn_care, Fertilizer, Fertilizer Ordinances, Fertilizer Restrictions, Lawn_care, SW ProHort, SWProHort, Turfgrass

The end is coming…for you to submit your landscape in the Tampa Bay Water Wise Awards Contest.

June 16, 2023

Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County residents: Do you wish you could win this award and proudly display the 2023 handmade mosaic steppingstone in your yard? If yes, read on! Complete the entry form by June 30, 2023. This will take about ... READ MORE

Category: , Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Landscape Evaluation, Water Conservation, Water Wise Award

Tips for Florida Homeowners on Fertilizing Plants

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May 17, 2023

Fertilizer can help plants grow but can also have adverse effects on the environment. Be sure to apply best management practices when fertilizing to optimize your plant health without harming our water bodies. Watch the recording of our How ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Fertilizer, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Fruit, Grass, Hillsborough County, Landscape, Lawn, Master Gardener Volunteer, Shrub, Tampa, Tree, Tsilvasy, Turf, Vegetables, Video, Youtube

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