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live oak tree

Tips for Planting Trees


April 10, 2019

Among the variety of questions that come to Extension from time to time there is usually one that asks the best time to plant a tree. Once when the question was posed, I heard this very direct and accurate answer - “The best time to plant ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Branches, Holmes, Landscaping, Leaves, Nursery, Planting, Root Ball, Roots, Soil, Tree Structure, Understory, Water

It’s Time to Fertilize


March 25, 2019

I have lived in Florida my whole life but never had time to care for my lawn. Lawn maintenance was very easy - I wrote a check every month for service. I have lived in other areas of the US with more concrete than lawn, short growing seasons, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn
Tags: Application, Autumn, Fall, Fertilization, Garden, Lawn, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Seasons, Spring
The invasive Chinaberry tree is highly toxic

Invasives in Bloom


March 22, 2019

Spring is in the air. The bees are buzzing, the pollen is falling, and the flowers are blooming. It’s a beautiful time of year, but there are some blooming plants among us that despite their attractiveness don’t belong. Invasive exotic ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Attracting Butterflies, Chinaberry, Cogongrass, Ecosystems, Exotic, Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Lantana, Native Plants

Biological Control For Pests


February 7, 2019

As spring approaches, we should all be aware that our pest problems will reappear. There are many types of pests to consider: insects, weeds, nematodes, and even some vertebrate species (such as the Cuban tree frog). When combined with good ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Air Potato, Air Potato Beetle, Biological Control, Citrus Greening, Crop Damage, Invasive, Lady Bugs, Natural, Pest Control, Pests, Predator, Tamarixia, Treatment, Wasps
Roses for Valentines Day

Shopping Tips for Valentine’s Day Roses


February 1, 2019

If you are thinking of buying a dozen red roses for someone special this Valentine’s Day you are in good company. During a recent Valentine’s Day season, which runs January 1 – February 14, the plant inspection unit at Miami International ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Relationships & Family, Work & Life
Tags: Buds, Cut Flowers, David Holmes, Flowers, Holmes, Purchasing, Valentine, Valentines Day
Backyard Birds - Cardinal

Creating Habitat for Birds in Central Florida


January 10, 2019

Recently the weather was warm enough for lunch on the patio and as we ate one of our guests remarked about how many birds he was observing in our backyard. It’s always good to have outside eyes on a property, for home often becomes common ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Bird Bath, Birdbath, Cover, Feeding Station, Food, Habitat, Landscape, Nesting, Shrubs, Trees, Water, Wildlife

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