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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

Free Gardening talks at Tampa GreenFest

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January 30, 2024

Come visit our UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County table at Tampa GreenFest and learn from Master Gardeners in our free gardening talks. GreenFest will be held on March 9 & 10, 2024 from 9am – 4pm, rain or shine! GreenFest will be ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Classes, Events, Free, Garden Festival, Gardening, Greenfest, Hillsborough, Plant Sale, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Tsilvasy

Florida Arbor Day 2024 – Tips for Tree Planting

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January 22, 2024

Arbor Day was established to celebrate trees and their beneficial ecosystem services they provide for humans and our environment. Florida Arbor Day is on January 19, 2024, as cooler months are the best time to plant trees, although trees can ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Arbor Day, Florida, Silvasy, Tree Planting

Senna ligustrina: a Native and Host plant for Sulphur Butterflies

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January 14, 2024

Senna ligustrina, or privet senna, is an easy to grow Florida native plant. It is a nectar plant for pollinators and a larval host plant for species of sulphur butterflies. This is a perennial that lives for several years and produces beautiful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Butterfly, Florida Native, Hillsborough County, Privet Senna, Senna Ligustrina, Sulphur Butterfly, Tampa, Tsilvasy

Success Story: Native Butterfly Garden Breaks Ground at Carrollwood Village Park

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August 10, 2023

Carrollwood Village Park is the most visited park in Hillsborough County with over 1.2 million visitors per year. Now, the park features a newly installed native butterfly garden thanks to the Viva Florida grant from the Florida Wildflower ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Butterfly, Carrollwood, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Hillsborough, Master Gardener, Native Plant, Tampa Bay, Tsilvasy

Success story: Native Plant Garden at Lettuce Lake Park Provides for Wildlife

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July 5, 2023

We did it! Thank you to the Florida Master Gardener Program Volunteers, Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and Hillsborough County Park staff who came out on June 28th to plant 60 native plants of 20 different species. Our ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Butterfly, Central Florida, Conservation, Florida, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Hillsborough County, Landscaping, Master Gardener, Native Plant, Tampa Bay, Tsilvasy, Ufifas Extension, Wildflowers

Tips for Edible Landscaping

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June 20, 2023

View the recording of our Edible Landscaping webinar on YouTube here. The concept of edible landscaping primarily applies to growing vegetables, herbs and fruit trees in a way where it fits in with your home landscape. With proper plant ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Central Florida, Edible Landscaping, Florida Friendly, Florida-friendly Landscaping, Fruit, Herb, Hillsborough County, Master Gardener, Tampa, Tsilvasy, Vegetable

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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