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Category: Pests & Disease

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

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

Sustainability, what is it all about?

Sustainability, what is it all about? It is a question that needs discussion. Can we adopt sustainable practices for energy, water, food, stuff? The products we buy, the way we maintain our home and landscape, the cars we… Read More

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles

Wanted: Air Potato Beetles As the summer season begins to dwindle, requests continue to meander into the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic for Air Potato Beetles. Why would someone request a beetle? These beetles (Lilioceris… Read More

Water-Wise Landscapes in Manatee County 2018

Shade garden, water-wise

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Water-Wise Landscape Program and helped make it a success!   The Manatee County Water-Wise Landscape Awards, sponsored by Manatee County Utilities – Water… Read More

Spanish Moss, Ball Moss, and Lichens are Harmless Air Plants

Spanish Moss hanging from oak tree

Epiphytes are “air” plants, including moss, that survive on moisture and nutrients in the atmosphere. Several epiphytic plants, like Spanish moss, ball moss, and lichen, are common to the Florida landscape and the southeast United States. People unfamiliar… Read More

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape?

pruning limb

Are You Spreading Problems in the Landscape? Factsheet (PDF) Pruning equipment can spread disease in the landscape if not properly cleaned and disinfected.  By disinfecting gardening tools on a regular basis, you can help prevent the spread of… Read More