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Wind & Sabal palmetto in advance of a storm

Florida Palm Trees and Pruning


October 26, 2021

Iconic Florida When folks throughout the world think of Florida, they usually think of alligators, sunshine, palm trees, and hurricanes. Most long-time Florida residents know what to expect concerning each of these things. The Bad "Haircut" In ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Management, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Correct Palm Pruning, Hurricane Cut, Palm Fronds, Palm Pruning, Photosynthesis, Pruning Sabal Palmetto, Wind Mitigation With Palms
Early morning dew drops caught on a spiders web and dragonfly's wings

Arachnophobia and Florida Residents


October 1, 2021

The Other Florida Residents Generally, Florida residents are pretty hardy souls. For instance, early settlers required a healthy fear of bears. Florida Black Bears lived throughout the state at that time and were of great concern for anyone ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Arachnids, Creepy Things, Desensitization Exercises, EDIS, Florida Spiders, Huntsman, Nocturnal Hunters, Phobias, Spiderlings, Wildlife
crimson clover and Celosia

Summer Vegetable Gardening: Cover Crops and Garden Planning


June 7, 2021

Written By Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian. Gardening once again became America's pastime this past year due to "stay at home" and "social distancing" mandates. Many people took up vegetable gardening to pass the time in a healthful, nurturing ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, Water
Tags: Ask IFAS, Cover Cropping, Florida Vegetable Gardening, Garden Planning, Gifford Community & Student Garden, GYAC, Improving Poor Soil, Indian River County Master Gardener Plant Help Desk, IRC Extension, Living Mulch, Nematode Management, Nematodes, Solarization, Solarize, Summer Gardening
bats emerging from a large bat house at dusk

Bats- Scary or Awesome?


October 27, 2020

Note: All images were taken before 2020 as masks were not required before spring of this year. The blood-sucking vampire bat stereotype of movie lore is not so scary in real life. In fact, the vampire bat does not even live in Florida. ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bats Are Beneficial, Beneficial Wildlife, EDIS Bats, Florida Ecosystems, Florida Native Bats, Flying Mammals, Guano, Insect Pest Management: Bats, Nocturnal Hunters, UF Bat House
Sunflowers as cover crop, UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

Cover Cropping in Summer


July 24, 2020

In the Wilting Heat Many Floridians choose not to grow any edibles during the summer in order to let the garden beds rest. It is generally a hostile time of year to be doing very much in the landscape anyway. Often, the area is left without ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Buckwheat, Calendula, Celosia, Cover Crops, Crop Families, Crop Rotation, Marigolds, Nitrogen Fixers, Ornamental Cover Crops, Summer Cover Crop, Sunflowers, Vegetable Garden, Weed Suppression, Zinnias

Composting Tips for the Homeowner


April 12, 2020

Spring is in the air! Gardening beds are being changed over and people are starting their warm-season landscape maintenance. Its time to consider what to do with all of last season's spent vegetation and plants parts. How about recycling ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Composters, Composting, Counter-top Compost Bucket, Debris, Enriching The Soil, Florida Soil, Gardening, How To Compost, Kitchen Scraps, Nutrient-rich, Organic Matter, Recycling, Soil Amendments
Children playing with large bubbles in a field

Looking up from Covid-19 – Part 1 of 2


April 8, 2020

For most of us, the Covid-19 illness may be little more than an inconvenience. Not everyone is going to come down with Covid-19 pneumonia. However, as health officials advise staying home as a way to prevent the further spread, we all may get ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, , Work & Life
Tags: 4-H, Cabin Fever, COVID-19, Extension, Fresh Air, Hydration, Illness., Learning Virtually, Master Gardeners, Pesticide Exams, Sanity, Stay-cation, To-Do-List, Training, Work-at-home, Youth Development

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: COVID-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic

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