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Fertilizer spreader

New Fertilizer Ordinance for Monroe County


August 11, 2021

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a fertilizer ordinance with the intent of limiting nutrient applications to turf and landscape plants. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have the potential to contribute to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Fertilizer, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscaping
beneficial insects

The Ways Insects Benefit Our Yards


June 4, 2021

When we think about insects in our yards and gardens, our first thought is probably not about all the many good things they do. But make no mistake, there are far more good bugs than bad bugs which benefit our yards in numerous ways; just ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Biodiversity, Diversity, Florida, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Insect Diversity, Insects, IPM Florida, Native Plants
Roselle caylces

Roselle, The Florida Cranberry


April 3, 2020

Roselle, a relative of hibiscus, was once used widely as an edible plant in Florida. The flowers are less showy than other hibiscus varieties, but their calyces (sepals at the base of the flower) are amazing! As the flower dies the calyx ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Edible Landscape, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Home Gardening, Master Gardener Volunteer, Vegetable Gardening

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
Tropical milkweed

Gardeners Beware! Milkweed Toxicity


October 22, 2019

As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Butterfly Gardening, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Gardening, Milkweed, Milkweed Toxicity, Monarch Butterfly
Tickseed species

Attracting Birds in the Keys


October 8, 2019

Here in the beautiful Florida Keys, we have no shortage of tidal shoreline and coastal landscapes, in addition to some unique natural habitats. This provides a fantastic opportunity to observe many of nature’s beautiful creatures. Especially ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Attracting Birds, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Keys, Native Plants, Wildlife Habitat

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