When it comes to household drinking water quality, one of the most common concerns from homeowners is hard water.
What is hard water?
Water hardness refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium ions in the water. An ion is a particle that ... READ MORE
Did you know that more than 90% of American farms are considered small farms? This means that a very large percentage of farms in the US make less than $250,000, and most are family owned (Small and Family Farms, n.d.). Florida itself has ... READ MORE
The ponds that you see outside your residence are probably not put there by nature, nor are they even close to being naturally occurring. These might be stormwater ponds. Urbanization is one of the boldest impacts on the water cycle. This is ... READ MORE
This blog is intended to explain the function and importance of littoral vegetation in stormwater ponds and provide a reference for Florida-Friendly plant species that do well in each littoral zone.
A stormwater pond's main function is to ... READ MORE
Scientific name: Imperata cylindrica
Common names: Japanese bloodgrass, Red Baron grass (red varieties), Cogongrass, Cogon grass, japgrass, bloodroot grass.
Have you ever seen cogongrass? Even if you do not know, you likely have as it ... READ MORE
Marion County is experiencing increasing litter along roadways and in recreation areas.
A Styrofoam cup here and a plastic bottle there can have huge impacts on the community. Reducing our litter is a community effort and doing so increases ... READ MORE
Producers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity, and soil conditions on their farms for many years. For the purposes of the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services ... READ MORE
Summer has officially begun and so too has the rainy season. Florida is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation with over 4,300 known animal species and over 3,000 species of vascular plants. Unfortunately, Florida's climate and status ... READ MORE
The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance ... READ MORE
Are you frustrated that with all the energy and money devoted to your yard, you still have patchy turfgrass or weed spots? Or you are spending too much money to keep your grass green? Did you know... it all starts with irrigation!
In this ... READ MORE